Kirchmeier swearing-in

Morton County's new sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, left, is sworn in by judge James Hill while Laurie Kirchmeier, right, looks on at the ceremony in the county courthouse on 12-31 afternoon.

On Wednesday, Kyle Kirchmeier ended a 28-year career with the North Dakota Highway Patrol and began his career as Morton County Sheriff.

After officially retiring Wednesday, Kirchmeier was sworn in at the Morton County Courthouse by South Central District Court Judge James Hill, himself recently sworn in to office. Laurie Kirchmeier, the new sheriff’s wife of 28 years, stood by his side as he swore his oath of office.

In a post-ceremony interview, Kirchmeier said he had a lot of work to catch up on now that he’s in office.

Kirchmeier said he plans meetings with Burleigh County Sheriff Pat Heinert to discuss the current status of the jointly owned jail that Burleigh and Morton County plan to build.

The new sheriff also said he planned to meet with personnel at the Morton County Sheriff’s Office and the county courthouse.

Kirchmeier replaces outgoing Sheriff Dave Shipman, whom Kirchmeier defeated in the November election.

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Reach reporter Andrew Sheeler at 701-250-8225 or andrew.sheeler@bismarcktribune.com.