A northeast Iowa sheriff has been nominated to serve as a U.S. Marshal. President Obama has nominated Dubuque County Sheriff Kenneth Runde to be U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Iowa.
Runde’s nomination must be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and then by the full Senate. Senator Tom Harkin suggested Runde for the post, calling Runde a “true difference marker” who has developed “key relationships with judges, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement officials.”
Runde is a former Marine who began working for the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office 33 years ago as a radio dispatcher. He worked his way up through the ranks to the elected position of County Sheriff.
Harkin says Runde has strong management skills which will serve him well as U.S. Marshals not only track down fugitives, but they protect judges, jurors and witnesses during trials and oversee prisoners before they are sentenced.