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Cottage Grove Swears in Five Police Officers at July 19 City Council Meeting
Cottage Grove, Minn. – July 20, 2017 – Five Cottage Grove police officers, Alec Bobick, Brandyn Graff, Joseph Pierre, Brian Thomas, and Andrew Ronning, were sworn in at the July 19, 2017 City Council meeting.
Officer Bobick, a Cottage Grove native, earned his associate’s degree in law enforcement from Century College. He has worked as a Community Services Officer for Cottage Grove since 2015 and volunteered as a Police Explorer for the City of Woodbury Police Department before that. Bobick’s mother, Janet, pinned his badge.
Officer Graff grew up in Cottage Grove. Graff attended Bemidji State University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. In April 2015 he began work as a police officer for the City of Baxter. Graff’s badge was pinned on by his mother, Denise.
Officer Pierre grew up in Cottage Grove and attended Winona State University where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice with a minor in child advocacy studies. For several summers Pierre worked as a seasonal streets maintenance worker in the City’s Public Works department. More recently he worked as a Community Services Officer. Pierre’s brother, Ryan, pinned his badge.
Officer Thomas grew up in Rosemount, Minn., and has a degree in law enforcement and paramedicine from Inver Hills Community College. Since February 2015 he began work for the City of Cottage Grove as a part-time paramedic and in August 2015 as a Community Services Officer for the City of Woodbury. He was hired as a Community Services Officer for Cottage Grove in May 2016. Thomas’ wife, Tracy, pinned his badge.
Officer Ronning grew up in Plymouth, Minn., and graduated from Metropolitan State University with a degree in law enforcement. He has been working as a police officer for the City of Mounds View. Ronning’s badge was pinned on by his mother, Candi.
The swearing in was ceremonial as all of the officers had been officially sworn in on their first day of employment. The ceremony gives an opportunity to recognize the officers’ completion of field training and allow their family and friends to congratulate them.