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Continued: Minnesota police and fire forces bracing for early retirements

  • Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 8, 2013 - 9:02 PM

Hiring has been on hold

Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom said he was optimistic that there will be enough talented candidates to hire if necessary. Still, he is preparing for a possible wave of retirements by developing two lists of potential hires — one for detention officers who could be promoted, another for outside candidates. It’s the first time the department has compiled both lists at the same time, he said.

“A lot of agencies haven’t been hiring a lot because of the economy … therefore there are a lot of candidates out there who are waiting for that opportunity,” Bostrom said.

Jeff McCormick, chief of the Cannon Falls Police Department and president of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, said the predicted retirements aren’t different from what departments have already gone through. Back in the 1970s, there was a large influx of new law enforcement officers coming in, so it’s only natural that they would start to retire, McCormick said.

Nevertheless, departments are getting ready just in case, he said.

“In our line of work … we certainly look for the best outcome but we will certainly prepare for the worst scenario,” he said.

 

Nicole Norfleet • 612-673-4495

Twitter: @stribnorfleet

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