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Pequot Lakes: City hires sixth police officer

Sherilyn Fyle is the newest member of the Pequot Lakes Police Department, following city council action Tuesday, May 5. The department had 45 applicants for the officer position and interviewed 11 candidates, police chief Eric Klang said. The pol...

Sherilyn Fyle is the newest member of the Pequot Lakes Police Department, following city council action Tuesday, May 5.

The department had 45 applicants for the officer position and interviewed 11 candidates, police chief Eric Klang said.

The police department is authorized for six full-time officers, but has had five officers for over a year, ever since the council fired former officer Josh Gartner in September 2014. Since that time, the sixth position was filled by part-time officers and by paying overtime.

The police department conducted a selection process that included an application, supplemental application, community interview, law enforcement interview, chief's interview and essay submission. Through that process, Fyle was identified as the best candidate.

She has been an emergency dispatcher for over seven years, a part-time officer with the Crosslake Police Department for over five years, and a part-time Pequot Lakes police officer for over a year.

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She also previously worked as a paramedic for Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby and has maintained her paramedic license.

Fyle tentatively will start two weeks after notifying her current employer at $18.35 per hour.

The police department also hired Mike Davis (council member Scott Pederson abstained from voting) and Steve Emerson as part-time officers. Davis is a Pequot Lakes resident and Crow Wing County sheriff's deputy. Emerson recently graduated from Central Lakes College and has been a reserve with the department.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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