Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard hosted a ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 20, to promote several individuals in the sheriff’s office.
Goddard said they all worked hard to get where they are and some of the promotions were “way overdue.” Goddard said the sheriff’s office has a great team and those promoted have been with the sheriff’s office for a long time.
“It is a great honor to recognize everyone here today,” Goddard said. “We’re very proud of each of you to help this office move forward.”
Goddard said one of the biggest promotions in his eyes and from his experience was being named sergeant.
“It’s quite a step and of all the jobs that I’ve held, this one is the most fun,” Goddard said of being a sergeant. “It’s the most fun because you still get to be out on the streets working with a good team all while holding the rank. We certainly want to recognize you.”
The promotions were handed out within a two-hour period to stagger the ceremony to keep with social distancing. Everyone wore masks and some of the families attended the ceremony during the time when their loved one was honored.
Goddard spoke briefly about each individual and thanked them for their hard work.
Captain promotions were given to Andy Galles and to jail administrator Heath Fosteson.
Lieutenant promotions were given to Troy Nash, Ron Imgrund and Jessica Turner.
Sergeant promotions were given to Artise Torrence, Aaron Cronquist, Derek LaVoy and Troy Schilling.
Investigator Nathan Smolke completed the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension leadership program.
Deputy Erick Larson, Sgt. Craig Katzenberger and Sgt. Sean Condon were awarded certificates for graduating from the Institute for Credible Leadership Development, which is a division of the International Academy of Public Safety responsible for administering leadership development curriculum for law enforcement globally.
Goddard also announced the county had two people awarded the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Scholarship. Jennifer Strack and Cole Thoma, both of Brainerd, will receive $600 scholarships. Strack currently works at the sheriff’s office in the records department and Thoma works as a community services officer with the Brainerd Police Department. Both are pursuing degrees to become law enforcement officers.
The association awards scholarships each year to individuals planning to become Minnesota peace officers. The applicants apply through their local sheriff’s office and, this year, the scholarship committee chose 21 recipients.
The qualifications and academic excellence shown by the recipients reflects the dedication and pride of the young people in Minnesota who will enter the difficult, but rewarding profession of law enforcement and public service, the association stated.