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Carl Ibsen of Missoula has filed to run as an Independent candidate for Missoula County sheriff.

Because Ibsen is running as an Independent, his name will not appear on the primary election ballot, but will appear on the general election ballot Nov. 2.

Ibsen is running as an Independent because he believes the sheriff should have no political affiliation. He believes that law enforcement's focus should be public service and to enforce the laws equally for everyone.

"There should be no place in law enforcement for allegiance to or alignment with a political party," he said.

Ibsen has more than 37 years of law enforcement experience in Missoula, including more than 20 years with the Missoula Police Department where he served as a uniform patrol officer, a detective and a motorcycle traffic officer from 1972 to 1993. He retired from the department as a sergeant in 1993.

Later that year, he joined the Missoula County Sheriff's Department, where he currently serves in the Uniform Patrol Division. From 2004 to 2007, he served as captain of the Uniform Patrol Division.

Ibsen has assisted with instruction at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and has instructed domestic violence investigation classes. He has testified before the Montana Legislature on domestic violence issues. He also conducts driving under the influence and seatbelt use education for area high school students through the "Your Choice" program.

Ibsen is a Montana native and has lived in Missoula since 1963. He graduated from Hellgate High School in 1969.

He is an Army veteran. He served on active duty from 1969 to 1971, which included a tour in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He served as inactive Army Reserve from 1971 to 1975 and as active U.S. Navy Reserve from 1987 to 1990.

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