Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott announced his bid for reelection.

“It’s a great privilege to serve as County Attorney and I thank the citizens of Blue Earth County for their continued confidence in my service. I am committed to using the full resources available to the County Attorney’s office to improve people’s lives.”

The Blue Earth County Attorney’s office ensures that the county is a safe and just place to live, work and grow, The office assists people affected by crime, helps businesses work with the county, provides legal advice to Blue Earth County government, and protects the county’s financial resources in court. The office also partners with communities and the judicial system.

Signature achievements of McDermott’s tenure include: the Truancy Intervention Program; The Child and Family Advocacy Center of South Central Minnesota; the Juvenile Diversion/Accountability Program; the Sealing Criminal Records to Enhance Justice program; and continued involvement with and support for the Blueprint for Safety, the 5th Judicial District Veterans Court, Adult Drug Court, and Family Dependency Treatment Court.

In addition, in the last year the office has prosecuted six murder cases, and twenty-five cases involving firearms.

“I prioritize resources to effectively and fairly prosecute violent criminals so that offenders are held accountable. I also ensure that victims of crime receive the  assistance they need and that they receive restitution from the persons who have harmed them. I look forward to continuing to fulfill the mission of the Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office.”