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With 4 new additions, Woodbury police force grows to 67

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Four new officers were sworn in as the newest members of the Woodbury Public Safety police division during the May 27 Woodbury City Council meeting.

Officers Ryan Brown, Matthew Noren, Adam Olson and Adam Overby bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to the community.

Brown has an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Alexandria Technical College. He was employed by the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff since 2011. In that capacity, he was part of the Dakota County Multi-Agency Assistance Group (MAAG) team. He had also served as a police reserve sergeant and community service officer for the Cottage Grove Police Department. His starting salary is $28.27 per hour.

Noren has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Metropolitan State University. In 2005, he joined the City of Fridley police as a police officer and K-9 officer. He also worked for the Centennial Lakes Police Department as a community service/crime prevention officer. His starting salary is $35.54 per hour.

Olson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Dakota, and an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement from Chippewa Valley Technical College. He has been a police officer for the Menomonee Falls Police Department since 2014. He has also been a patrol deputy for Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and a part-time police officer for the Ellsworth, Spring Valley and River Falls police departments. His starting salary is $34.17.

Overby graduated with an associate’s degree in Law Enforcement from Normandale Community College. He has been a police officer in Cottage Grove since 2007. His starting salary is $35.54.

The four officers were hired to replace four Woodbury officers who have left the community. The new hires secure the city’s police complement at 67 officers.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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