There is going to be a change within the Maple Grove Police Department.
Maple Grove Police Chief David Jess will be retiring effective May 31. Other members of the department retiring are Police Sgt. Mike Sargent, Police Captain Tracy Stille and Police Sgt. Jeff Garland. All effective the end of May.
Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson said of Sgt. Sargent, “We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his dedication and commitment to our community.” Sgt. Sargent has been with the city since Aug. 6, 1990. His last day will be Friday, May 30.
Capt. Stille has served the city for more than 28 years. Mayor Steffenson said, “Certainly, we greatly appreciate his long-standing service to this community and to this organization. He has been a wonderful and dedicated officer for our citizens and for our city. So we thank him as well.”
Sgt. Garland has been with the city for 25 years. He started with the city in April 1989. His final day with the department will be Thursday, May 29.
There were changes in the PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association of Minnesota) pensions to fully fund it. The changes to the system include increasing penalties for early retirement and eliminate cost of living raises for the first three years of retirement.
Chief Jess said, “There is going to be 120 years of combined experience leaving this department because of changes in the retirement system.”