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Cottage Grove police officer Brian Campbell was sworn in last week. Campbell, a native of Wisconsin, is the third officer added to the city's department this summer. (Submitted photo)

Campbell is newest Cottage Grove Police officer

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Wisconsin native Brian Campbell was sworn in last week in front of family and friends, making him the third police officer the Cottage Grove Police Department has added this summer.

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Growing up with a father who was a police officer, the law enforcement trait was in Campbell's blood. He attended the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology.

When he wasn't studying, Campbell was running track on a team that won four NCAA national championship titles. He also served on the Onalaska police reserves unit.

In 2003, he began working as a correctional officer for the Brown County Sheriff's Department in Green Bay, Wis. In May 2005, he began working as a correctional officer for Washington County Sheriff's Department in Stillwater.

While working in Stillwater, he studied at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and graduated with a law enforcement certificate. Campbell also worked part-time as a community service officer for the city of Oakdale.

In May 2009, he was hired as a police officer for Oakdale before joining the Cottage Grove Police Department in 2013.

Campbell has two daughters, a 5-month-old and a 3-year-old, with his wife Laura.

"I know that Brian is fair, he's a good listener, he gives people a chance to speak and he makes fair decisions," Police Chief Craig Woolery said during the swearing in ceremony. "He does not take this job lightly. He's an excellent servant and we're happy to have (him) part of this family and we look forward to (his) service to the city."

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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