Oakdale mayor swears in new police officer

New Oakdale police officer James Richards takes the oath of office administered by mayor Carmen Sarrack on June 24. (Submitted photo)

The Oakdale City Council held a swearing-in ceremony for the city’s newest police officer, James Richards, at its Tuesday, June 24 meeting.

Prior to mayor Carmen Sarrack administering the oath of office, police chief William Sullivan introduced Richards to the city council members and staff.

“We’re really looking forward to him joining our department,” Sullivan said. “He made a decision a little later in life to come into this profession, and that gives you this really terrific range of life experiences that you can apply. So I think he’s going to be a real asset to our department and certainly to our community.”

Richards was a correctional officer with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department prior to joining the Oakdale police force.

Sullivan said he came “very highly recommended” and added that the department was lucky to have him.

The police chief noted that his department has been in hiring mode since December, following the retirement of multiple officers.

“We’ve continued to have really good fortune identifying some outstanding candidates to replace those officers,” Sullivan said.

-- Joshua Nielsen


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