Woodbury hired three new police officers to a round of applause Wednesday night at City Hall.
The new cops are:
- Michael Flansburg
- Robin Kivel
- Jonathan Miller
Woodbury Public Safety Chief Lee Vague spoke about the meaning of the badge: “a symbol of pride worn by a select few who have chosen to serve the city of Woodbury with honor, integrity and compassion.”
Every officer in Woodbury’s history has his or her own badge number.
Flansburg, 30, was a reserve officer in St. Paul and a paid intern with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives before coming to Woodbury.
But before that he was in electrical engineering, and said he was tired of being stuck in an office all day. Flansburg said he wanted to interact with people and get involved in the community.
“That was the driving force behind this,” he said.
Kivel has 14 years of law enforcement experience, and was previously a sheriff’s deputy in Pierce County, Wis.
“I just wanted to try something new,” she said of coming to Woodbury.
The 35-year-old mother of four said she’s looking forward to working in a more urban setting.
Compared to where she was before, “This is a metropolis, basically,” Kivel said.
A former reserve with the St. Paul Police Department and community-service officer in New Hope, Miller also worked private security at St. Catherine’s University.
The 26-year-old said he wanted to become an officer because of the variety of the work, and he enjoys interacting with people.
Miller said he wants to make a positive impact in the community, and is looking forward to getting to know its residents, his coworkers and the department.
“I’m really excited,” he said.
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