Maple Grove swears in newest police officer

The Maple Grove City Council swore in a new police officer during its Monday, Feb. 3 meeting.

The council also considered a liquor license violation.

 

Newest Maple Grove Police Officer Courtney Struffert is sworn in by Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson at the Monday, Feb. 3 council meeting. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Newest Maple Grove Police Officer Courtney Struffert is sworn in by Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson at the Monday, Feb. 3 council meeting. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Officer Swearing in

Mayor Mark Steffenson sworn in the newest Maple Grove Police Officer, Courtney Struffert.

Maple Grove Police Captain Tracy Stille said Struffert had worked with the Bloomington Police Department as a community service officer for four years and Sterns County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer for two and a half years.

“Officer Struffert competed with hundreds of other candidates in an extensive and thorough hiring process,” he said. He added the department were fortunate and proud to have her serving with them.

Courtney Struffert, center, is the newest Maple Grove Police Officer. Pictured with her are Maple Grove City Councilors Phil Leith and Leann Sargent, Mayor Mark Steffenson, her husband, and councilors Karen Jaeger and Erik Johnson. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Courtney Struffert, center, is the newest Maple Grove Police Officer. Pictured with her are Maple Grove City Councilors Phil Leith and Leann Sargent, Mayor Mark Steffenson, her husband, and councilors Karen Jaeger and Erik Johnson. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

She and her husband reside in Cold Spring.

“Officer Struffert, the oath of office is much more than a solemn pledge,” Stille said to the new recruit. “It is a voluntary agreement adopted by public safety officials and agencies all over the nation.”

 

Liquor License

The Courtyard by Marriott Maple Grove was before the council for a violation of its liquor license.

The Maple Grove Police Department conducted compliance checks on Dec. 27, 2013. Alcohol was served to a minor undercover/decoy at Courtyard by Marriott.

The council also directed the City Attorney to prepare appropriate findings of fact and conclusion in support of the decision to suspend the on-sale intoxicating/Sunday sale liquor license for Courtyard by Marriott Maple Grove, 11871 Fountains Way, for two consecutive days and impose a civil penalty of $2,000.

 

OTHER

In other action, the council:

SET a special City Council meeting for Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room at the Maple Grove Government Center. The council will receive an update from the Engineering and Administration Departments.

CHANGED signage on Hwy. 169 from 77th Avenue N. to Elm Creek Boulevard at an estimated cost of $4,800. Various development projects have created a need for the change.

APPOINTED Steven Courtney and Marilyn Arnlund to the Arbor Committee with terms to expire Dec. 31, 2016.

 

 

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