MARQUETTE — One day after Marquette County Undersheriff Mike Klein announced his intentions to run for county sheriff, another police officer within the department did the same thing.
Lowell Larson is the first sheriff candidate to file paperwork with the county. Larson has spent more than 16 years with the sheriff’s office, serving as a supervisor in the jail and in the road patrol division.
Larson says the biggest issue Marquette County currently faces is what to do with the county jail.
“We need long–term solutions for our jail facility,” said Larson. “We keep trying to put band–aids on things that need surgery. We need to develop that long–term goal and work backwards from there”
Currently we’re running two facilities and it’s very inefficient to run two facilities, so we need to decide long–term if we need to build a new facility or have a drastic renovation for the facility downtown,” Larsen added. “I believe that we should have it all under one roof.”
If he’s elected sheriff, Larson would also improve the department’s efficiency, by making sure that there’s a vehicle on patrol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He would also like to add GPS locators on all of the cars.
This is Larson’s first time ever running for any public office. He grew up in the city of Marquette, graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1996.
Larson also graduated from NMU with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Larson, his wife, and their three sons live in Negaunee Township.