Isanti City Council witnessed the swearing in of two new police officers at its July 16 meeting. Josh Anderson and Jeremy Welfring were sworn in by police chief Travis Muyres.
Welfring graduated from Champlin Park High School and worked in construction since he was 16. He’s lived in Isanti for 19 years with his wife, and has three children and one grandchild.
He decided to pursue his dreams of becoming a police officer and graduated from the law enforcement program at North Hennepin Community College and Hennepin Technical College. He served the city of Cambridge Police Reserve Unit for four-and-a-half years and left with the rank of reserve sergeant and FTO. He plans to retire as an Isanti police officer.
Anderson graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and a minor in psychology. He has worked as a swim coach, lifeguard and security officer. He most recently worked with the Eden Prairie police department as a community service officer.
He likes to stay busy with numerous activities. His ambitions are to work with the youth of the community and one day be a school resource officer.
SRO Gau wins another award
Isanti police officer and School Resource Officer (SRO) Adam Gau has won yet another award. Gau received the Region 8 Exceptional Service Award from the National Association of School Resource Officers.
“He’s an extremely valuable asset, as all our officers are,” Muyres said.
The award recognizes excellence in maintaining an SRO program, and is presented to those individuals with continuous and sustained service to school and community above and beyond what’s expected of the SRO.
Gau received the award June 24 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the NASRO national convention. The country is divided into 10 regions for NASRO, and region eight includes Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.
Isanti advances in Green Step Program
Isanti moved into Step 5 of the Green Step program on May 31, 2019, showing the city has improved on the Step 4 metrics. Isanti reached Step 4 in May 2018.
To learn more about the Green Step Program and actions Isanti has taken, visit greenstep.pca.state.mn.us.
Special event permits approved
Event permits were approved for the Summer Spectacular Car Show and Celebrate Isanti, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 17.
Council approves upgrading audio visual equipment
The council approved replacing the city’s failing audio-visual equipment in the council chambers. Two quotes were received, one from Diversified in the amount of $61,153, and the other from Tierney in the amount of $64,960.
The council approved the quote from Diversified. The funds will be taken from the city’s capital replacement fund.
It was noted the city has been talking about replacing the failing equipment for a number of years, while patching the failing system as best it could in the meantime.