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Cottage Grove police Sgt. Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith retired after 31 years in law enforcement, a career he said he wanted since childhood. (Submitted photo)

'Smitty' signs off: Cottage Grove police sergeant retires after 31 years

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It was always a lifelong goal of Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith to wear a police uniform.

An encounter with law enforcement as a young child ignited a passion for community service within the longtime Cottage Grove police sergeant that transcended into a career spanning three decades.


With many experiences secured in his police belt, Smith’s final sign-off, or 10-7, was broadcast across the local scanners last month following his last day of patrol.

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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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