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Published May 02, 2013, 10:05 PM

Former Chief Deputy starting new era after 42 years on the job

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Today marks the end of the road for a long-time Cass County deputy. Jim Thoreson punched the clock for the last time, before retiring.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Today marks the end of the road for a long-time Cass County deputy. Jim Thoreson punched the clock for the last time, before retiring.

He spent 42 years with the force but says he's ready for the next chapter.

Cass County is where Thoreson found his calling, his concrete career and even fell in love. Tonight his friends and family celebrate as they look back on those memories.

The moments are still crystal clear.

Jim Thoreson, Retired Chief Deputy"I started January 12th, 1971."

When a young Jim Thoreson found his home at the Cass County Sheriff's office.

Jim Thoreson: "You grow up in a hurry when you're 19 years old and some of the things you see and have to do."

Straight out of college, from NDSU, he started as a jailer making two bucks an hour. There he would spend his time on patrol, work as an investigator and climb his way all the way up to the number two spot as the county's Chief Deputy. During his journey, he would meet his wife, Carol.

Carol Thoreson, Retired Chief Deputy’s Wife: "I think he deserves it. He's worked hard and he's been very busy."

At the end of a long tough road, Thoreson says the crimes may change. But the friends who fought it alongside him never will.

Rick Majerus worked side-by-side with Thoreson for over 35 years. Tomorrow, he'll be promoted to the position Thoreson's leaving.

Rick Majerus, New Chief Deputy: "We have different ideas and different thoughts. But, I don't want to be exactly like him but a lot of the things that he's done I'm going to continue."

Chief Deputy, Thoreson, now retiree, says he won't say goodbye to his pals, but he's ready to hand over the position.

Jim Thoreson: "It's be a fun ride, it really has."

Thoreson isn't 100 percent sure what he'll occupy his time with. He says he's ready to spend more time with family.

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