Cottage Grove Selects New Public Safety Director


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Charlene Stevens, City Administrator, cstevens@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2822

Cottage Grove Selects New Public Safety Director 

Cottage Grove, Minn. – Jan. 18, 2018 – The Cottage Grove City Council appointed Captain Pete Koerner as the City’s next public safety director.  Koerner’s appointment will be effective Feb. 24 with a swearing-in ceremony to held at the March 7 City Council meeting.

Koerner has been with the Cottage Grove Police Department since 1992 when he began work as a community services officer. He became a police officer in 1995, police detective in 2002, police sergeant in 2003 and deputy director and police captain in 2006.  Over the course of his career he has held many specialty assignments including SWAT crisis negotiator and negotiations commander, use of force and Taser instructor and multi-family officer.

“The Cottage Grove Public Safety department provides excellent delivery of service,” Koerner said. “I’m proud of how we connect with those we serve and will continue to build on our involvement in the community.”

Koerner went on to say that the department has had numerous successes over the past years and he plans to focus on continuing with those successes.  He believes a work life balance, continual training, and willingness to evolve are important aspects for the public safety staff and will work to help make Cottage Grove an employer of choice. 
Koerner is an active member of the community serving on the Friends in Need Food Shelf board, on the Cottage Grove Lions Club and volunteering in many events such as the Holiday Train and Strawberry Fest committees.  

“I’m honored to serve the community I call home”, said Koerner.

He lives in Cottage Grove with his wife and two children. In his spare time he enjoys travel, attending Minnesota Vikings games, and exploring the Twin Cities. 
Craig Woolery, the City’s current public safety director, announced his retirement in September of 2017 with an effective date of Feb. 23.