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Race heats up for Billings County sheriff

Two men are going boot to boot in a race to become the Billings County sheriff for the next four years. David Jurgens and Roger Clemens have been in law enforcement for a number of years. Clemens has been in law enforcement for 23 years. Jurgens ...

Two men are going boot to boot in a race to become the Billings County sheriff for the next four years.

David Jurgens and Roger Clemens have been in law enforcement for a number of years.

Clemens has been in law enforcement for 23 years.

Jurgens has been working for the sheriffs department in Billings County for 27 years and has been the sheriff for 24 years.

"Law enforcement is my passion, it's what I went to college for and I really enjoy what I do," Jurgens said.

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"I have patterned my office and our work based on not getting real carried away with things and just listening to what the people have to say," he added.

Clemens is the Sully Creek State Park manager and didn't intend to run but received 82 write-ins during the primary, according to the Billings County website.

He said he was approached by a few citizens about running, but didn't take action, then he heard about the write-ins and said he realized people were looking for a change and decided to pursue it.

"Sometimes life takes a twist in the trail you're not expecting and you have to go for it," Clemens said, adding he's community-minded.

"There's a lot of good folks here who need protecting" Clemens said. He said he aims to be reliable, dependable and available.

Jurgens says the county is going to experience a large influx in the future, and having gone through an oil boom once before Jurgens feels he and his team are well equipped to deal with it again and help the county.

Jurgens' main goals are to keep everyone safe and watch over the county. He says he will make sure things don't get out of hand and make sure people are abiding laws.

He plans to keep close tabs on permits, truck traffic and road conditions.

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Clemens is single and likes the outdoors; he enjoys working with horses and dogs, especially training them. He also likes helping area ranchers work cattle, round them up and brand them.

Jurgens is married and has three stepchildren and two children of his own, all of which are grown up. He also has one granddaughter.

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