Former Sheriff Gary Waller has Died

August 17, 2017 05:35 PM

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. - Former St. Louis County Sheriff and Duluth Police Investigator Gary Waller died Friday at his home in Moose Lake. He was 72 years old.

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Waller perhaps is best known as the lead investigator in the Congdon murders in 1977 and he later co-authored the book "Will To Murder: The True Story Behind The Crimes and Trials Surrounding The Glensheen Killings."

According to a news release from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Waller improved the way investigations are conducted, built the current St. Louis County Jail and implemented the D.A.R.E. program for deputies to teach in schools.

 "Gary Waller made our agency more progressive. He brought in new policies and new ways of doing things," Sheriff Ross Litman said in the release. "He hired me and a number of our now more senior deputies and staff, so his lessons and legacy are still very much with us. Because of his background, he strongly supported investigations and brought a modern ethic and new direction in the way we do our work."

Waller served as St. Louis County Sheriff from 1987 until his retirement in 1999. His career in law enforcement also included 21 years working for the Duluth Police Department.

He also served as interim St. Louis County Administrator.

According to his obituary, a gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. with a Memorial Service to follow at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Moose Lake. Honor guards from both the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and Duluth Police Department will be present at his funeral.


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