[Congressional Record Volume 140, Number 12 (Wednesday, February 9, 1994)]
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[Congressional Record: February 9, 1994]
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                      TRIBUTE TO SHERIFF DON OMODT

 Mr. WELLSTONE. Mr. President, I rise to pay tribute to a 
distinguished Minnesotan. He is Don Omodt, Hennepin County Sheriff. 
Sheriff Omodt has had a long career in law enforcement and is retiring 
on February 19, 1994.
  He has served as Hennepin County Sheriff for 28 years since he was 
first elected in 1966. Don's late father, Detective Hugh M. Omodt was a 
member of the St. Paul Police Department and today Don's oldest son, 
Chris, a Hennepin County deputy sheriff, carries on the proud tradition 
of serving in law enforcement.
  Don graduated from the FBI Academy in 1956 and received his juris 
doctor from the William Mitchell College Law and his B.S.L. and LL.B. 
with honors from the Minneapolis College of Law. He was with the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation for 7 years and served as Assistant 
Hennepin County Attorney for 7 years. An instructor in criminal and 
constitutional law and police related subjects at Normandale Community 
College for 14 years, he taught for 17 years at police training 
schools.
  Well respected in the community, Don is a member of many professional 
and business and civic organizations. Under his leadership, the 
Hennepin County Sheriff's Department has been accredited in three major 
national areas and is the only sheriff's department in Minnesota that 
has achieved this distinction. They include the Commission on 
Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the Commission on 
Accreditation for Correction, and the National Commission on 
Correctional Health Care.
  Sheriff Omodt has diligently worked over the years to protect the 
lives and property of the citizens of Hennepin County, MN by 
confronting many law enforcement challenges. I commend his years of 
dedicated and exemplary service and let me say that all of us owe him a 
debt of gratitude.
  As Don commemorates this significant milestone, it is indeed an honor 
for me to join his wife Helen Ann and his eight children, his many 
friends, and colleagues in wishing him all the best for a well-
deserved, happy and healthy retirement.

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