Brainerd council to interview 7 police chief candidates

A new chief will likely be hired by the end of the year.

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The Brainerd Police Department, just off Laurel Street, will have a new chief in the new year. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch

Seven candidates are set to be interviewed for the Brainerd police chief position Thursday, Dec. 10, to replace Corky McQuistion, who will retire at the end of the year.

The city’s civil service commission, which oversees the hiring process for the police department, chose the following candidates as the top picks. After Thursday’s interviews, council members will likely make a decision on the new chief at their next meeting Dec. 21.

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Brent Baloun

Brent Boloun is police chief and emergency management director of the Becker Police Police department. He has served in this capacity for 14 years after working more than 11 years with the St. Cloud Police, where he was a patrol officer/school liaison officer and a sergeant for the criminal investigation division. Before that, Baloun was a police officer and drug abuse resistance education officer with the Crosby Police Department for three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies and a master’s degree in public safety executive leadership.

James Carroll


James Carroll served with the Minneapolis Police Department for 15 years and is currently patrol sergeant/supervisor for the third precinct. He previously served as operations/administrative supervisor of the FBI Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force, gang/narcotics investigator and police officer. Prior to serving Minneapolis, Carroll was a police officer for five years in Lino Lakes. He has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and a master’s degree in leadership and police management.

Peyton Fleming

Peyton Fleming has been a patrol sergeant with the Mendota Heights Police Department for the past five years, after serving as a patrol officer for eight years. Before that he was a federal police officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for two years and served as a U.S. Army officer for six years. Fleming has a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in business and organizational security management.

Ty Sharpe

Ty Sharpe is police chief of the Dilworth Police Department, where he has worked for the past six years. He previously served the Roswell Police Department in New Mexico in numerous roles for 12 years, most recently as a sergeant in the Intelligence Fusion Center. He also served six years as a county representative/field deputy medical investigator for the Office of the Medical Investigator in Roswell, New Mexico; one year as a federal police officer for the Department of Defense Police, two years as a corrections officer for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, and three years as a special deputy for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department. Sharpe has associate degrees in police science and criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement.

Victor Siebeneck III

Victor Siebeneck III has served in numerous capacities at the Salt Lake City Police Department over the last 19 years. He is currently the executive officer in the office of the chief. He has also served as a patrol officer, lead officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Siebeneck III has a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s degree in criminal justice.

George Vinson


George Vinson has worked at the Fargo Police Department for nearly 17 years and is currently community engagement team leader/lieutenant. He also served as police officer, canine unit, detective, assistant emergency preparedness coordinator, police sergeant, school resource officer, and field services lieutenant. Vinson has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology and a master’s degree in public safety and law enforcement leadership.

Chad Worden

Chad Worden is a police sergeant with the Metro Transit Police Department, where he has worked for four years. Prior to this, he served as chief deputy for the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office for five years, as a police officer and resource officer in Forest Lake for six years, and as an investigator and police officer for the West St. Paul Police Department for two years. He also spent six years as an online adjunct instructor at Rasmussen College. Worden has a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership and is currently pursuing his doctorate in public administration.


Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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