Chief Stenson started his Law
Enforcement career in 1980 with the Brooklyn Center Police Department as a
Code Enforcement Officer. Chief Stenson worked his first Police
Officer position with the City of LeCenter. After LeCenter, Chief
Stenson worked at the Tracy Police Department as well as mall
security. Chief Stenson graduated from North Hennepin Community
College. In 1990 he was hired as a Police Officer with the City of
Lindstrom and was offered the interim Chiefs position in June of
1991. Since starting with Lindstrom, Chief Stenson has seen many
programs develop within the department. Some of these programs
include Project Charlie,
National Child Safety Council, Bike Safety, Halloween Safety, National
Night Out and Community Watch
Deputy Chief Schlumbohm was the chief of
Police for the Chisago City Police Department. He had been with the
Chisago City Police department for about 11 years before the two
departments merged. Bill was a guiding force in the merger and became
Deputy Chief up the creation of the Lakes Area Police Department.
has a family and lives in the Chisago lakes Area. Deputy Chief has a
background in computer programming, which has been a great asset to
Merchlewitz has been a Lindstrom Police Officer since 1994. He
started as a Community Service Officer in 1993. In March of 1994 he
became a part-time Officer and in June of 1994 went to full-time.
Officer Merchlewitz is a Field Training Officer with the department, an
instructor in the operations of RADAR, certified in Intoxilyzer Operations
and certified to operate LASER. He works with Police Assistant Taylor on check
investigations. He teaches Project
Charlie and has taught National Child Safety to the area youth.
Officer Merchlewitz has recently signed on with an area fire department as
Tougas has been in law enforcement since 1979. He served as Chief of
Police in Randall, MN from 1979 to 1990. He also worked as a police
officer in Taylors Falls, MN for 9 years. He started working with the
Lindstrom Police Department in June of 1999. Investigator
Tougas is a
Firearms Safety instructor, Snowmobile Safety instructor, ATV course
instructor, D.A.R.E. instructor, certified Mountain Bicycle Officer,
Intoxilyzer Operation, active in the Safe & Sober campaigns, a member
of the National Ski Patrol and certified in Juvenile Restorative
Justice Conferencing. Investigator Tougas also was named the recipient
of the Youth Service Bureau‚s James Trudeau Award in 2005 for his work
with the youth specifically his involvement on the Juvenile Drug Court
in Chisago County. Investigator Tougas earned a DRE (Drug Recognition
Expert) Certification in May of 2002. Investigator Tougas has been
trained in Corner House interview techniques. Outside of Law
Enforcement Tim enjoys Hunting, Fishing and Woodworking.
Officer Carlson was
hired in 2005 and was appointed as a School Resource Officer. Officer
Carlson has a family and lives in the metro area. Officer Carlson is
currently a Fire Arms Safety Instructor as well as an ATV Instructor.
Officer Carlson enjoyed a successfull career in the oil industry
before becoming a police officer. Officer Carlson enjoys time with his
family and fishing.
Before becoming a
Police Officer, Officer Spencer became an Intern with the Lakes Area
Police Department in the summer of 2005. After completing his
internship Officer Spencer applied for a Community Service Officer
Position in 2006 and was appointed to that position by the Police
Commission. In 2007 Officer Spencer became a Police Officer with
L.A.P.D. when Officer Roettjer left. Officer Spencer had obtained his
Part-Time Police Officer license and Worked as a Part-Time Officer for
Lakes Area PD while completing his Minnesota Full-Time License
requirements. Upon successfully completing his Minnesota License
Requirements, Officer Spencer was appointed as a Full-Time Officer in
September of 2007. Officer Spencer has a long time connection with the
Chisago lakes Area spending his youthful years in the area. After
graduating college Officer Spencer worked as an Officer in Wisconsin
for a short time also.
been with the Lindstrom Police Department since 1995.
Assistant Taylor started
out as a part-time Police Assistant. However, as the department has
grown, the need for a full-time position was realized. Through a
Cops grant the position became full-time.
Assistant Taylor does so much more
than data entry. There are many occasions when
Assistant Taylor will take an initial complaint over the phone, she communicates with the officers over
the radio, handles requests for information, processes bad check
investigations, processes requests for gun permits and many times is the
first person a member of the public sees when asking for a police officer
at City Hall. Assistant Taylor's duties are many and varied.
keeps things running smoothly.
Officer Varco was
hired by the Chisago City Police Department February 11, 2000.
Officer Varco attended Bemidji State University where he obtained a
B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, and completed his skills training at
Hibbing Community College. Since beginning his employment with the
Chisago City Police Department, officer Varco had received training
in, and is certified as an intoxilyzer operator, Simunition, firearms,
use of force instructor, and snowmobile safety instructor. Officer
Varco is also a certified field training officer. While off duty,
Officer Varco enjoys spending time on the water fishing, hunting, and
Officer Zerwas was
hired as a full time officer with the Chisago City police department
on July 29th, 2002. Before being hired in Chisago City she spent six
years as a military police officer in the Air Force, in Japan and
Germany. She has also worked for the Washington County Sheriffs
office as a dispatcher, and the
police department as a records technician. Officer Zerwas is a
certified background investigator
and D.A.R.E. instructor.
She is the recipient of the 2002, 2003 and 2004 MADD award for the Chisago City police department.
Officer Haller started with the
Chisago City Police Department in 2003 and has continued with the
Lakes Area Police Department. Officer Haller currently lives in the metro area
and this is his first Police assignment.
started his patrol duties with Lakes Area PD in December of 2006. Chad
finished his field training in the spring of 2007 and is no longer a
probationary employee. Chad currently covers our afternoon/evening
watch. Chad‚s duties have exposed him to a variety of calls. Chad grew
up in northern Minnesota and currently lives in Chisago County.
Officer Larson hails from Wisconsin but attended college in Minnesota. Officer
was hired as an Officer in August of 2005. Officer Larson knows her way around
woodworking tools as she is building her own home. Officer Larson has gone
through many training courses to help detect impaired drivers
including Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Officer Larson has also been
trained in National Incident Management through FEMA.
Assistant Lind has worked as a Police Assistant for many years with the Chisago
City police department prior to the creation of the Lakes Area Police
Department. Assistant Lind lives in the Chisago Lakes Area with her husband and
children. Assistant Lind works Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Her
duties include Data Management, transcription, gun permits, first contact for
inquiries, managing office supplies and criminal coding, just to name a