Sheriff’s race trimmed to two

Captain advances to general election

A captain bested his boss in Tuesday’s primary election for sheriff. With all 19 precincts reporting, Capt. Robert Roed had received 3,231 votes to 2,941 for Sheriff Bob Barnard. Challenger Michael McCloud received 2,228 votes. Roed and Barnard will square off in November’s general election. McCloud was eliminated as a result of Tuesday’s election.

Roed is a 27-year veteran of the department. He began his career as a part-time corrections officer and worked his way up the ranks to his current rank of captain.

Barnard joined the sheriff’s department in 2011 after a lengthy career at the Minot Police Department. He has 27 years of experience in law enforcement but has never been elected to office. He was named acting sheriff in June of 2016 following the suspension of former Sheriff Steve Kukowski by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Barnard was appointed sheriff by the Ward County Commission following Kukowski’s resignation in April 2017.

Barnard has guided the Ward County jail through a series of inspections and evaluations that eventually led to the dismissal of the jail monitor and a much improved rating.

McCloud retired after a long career as a North Dakota Highway Patrol officer. He is currently facility director for the Dakota Boy’s and Girl’s Ranch in Minot, Bismarck and Fargo.

During a recent public forum Roed said he knew the “ins and outs” of the sheriff’s department after gaining experience both in the jail and on patrol. At the same forum Barnard said he came to the sheriff’s department with “several ideas and goals” but that events at the jail “sort of derailed a little bit of that.”