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Detroit Lakes police department restructure process begins

The Detroit Lakes Police Department is moving forward on operational structure changes.

At the Tuesday night Detroit Lakes City Council meeting, the council approved the second reading and adoption of the ordinance stating the structure will be changed from chief, captain and sergeant to chief and three sergeants.

They also approved the acceptance of the resignation of Captain Paul Goecke. He has served with the DLPD for nearly 30 years.

The council authorized Chief Kel Keena to hire an officer to replace Goecke, to start the process of promoting two officers to sergeant and to start the process of hiring a police officer as narcotics officer.

In his monthly report, Keena said applications for police sergeant were accepted through Monday, Feb. 12. He told the safety committee four people have applied for the position. They will be subjected the written and oral interviews as other officers are.

The Civil Service Board received 54 applications for police officer and tested 38 of them. Of those, nine were given oral interviews last week, and Keena said he wouldn't hesitate to hire six of them.

A new narcotics officer will be added to the force April 1, who will be hired from the same Civil Service list as the police officer.

Keena made members of the public safety committee aware that Todd Glander was granted one year of re-instatement privileges on the Civil Service list when he quit the DLPD last year to join the Becker County Sheriff's Department. With that said, Glander has the option of coming back to apply for the sergeant position.

Keena said he will be coming to the city council at the April 10 meeting with recommendations for all appointments.