Arland H. Rasmussen was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2014. His portfolios include the Highway Department, County Planning, Weed Control, Vector Control and Water Resource Boards. Current committee assignments include the Social Services Board, County Park Board, Road Advisory Committee, Personnel Overview Committee, and Building Committee. He also serves on the County Planning Commission, Lake Agassiz Regional Council, Metropolitan Council of Governments, and as an alternate member of the Metro Flood Diversion Authority.
Rasmussen is an only child and was raised on a small grain farm southeast of Jamestown, between Montpelier and Ypsilanti, North Dakota. He graduated from Montpelier High School and from North Dakota State University. Rasmussen and his wife, Verna, have been married for over 40 years and have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Rasmussen served as a deputy sheriff for 23 years with the Cass County Sheriff's Office and earned the rank of Lieutenant in charge of investigations. In 1992 during his tenure at Cass County, he attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy based out of Quantico, Virginia. In 1995, Rasmussen was appointed Chief of Police in West Fargo, North Dakota, and held that position for 19 1/2 years, retiring in June of 2014.
Rasmussen served on numerous committees throughout his career including a governor's appointment to the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board; past chairman of the Board of Directors for the Mid-State Organized Crime Information Center; past chairman of the Board of Directors for the Red River Regional Dispatch Center; and is currently a member of the West Fargo Exchange Club.
Rasmussen believes many issues can be solved through honest and open communication. His goal as a commissioner is to be responsive to citizens' needs, control unfunded and underfunded mandates by the state, be mindful of government spending/taxes, and ensure that both the needs of Cass County citizens and Cass County employees are met.