Longtime Cottage Grove officers promoted to sergeants
Two longtime Cottage Grove police officers have been promoted to sergeants, filling two vacancies on the force.
Family members, friends and several fellow officers packed the Cottage Grove City Council chambers recently to witness the pinning ceremony of Andrea Lindeen and Mike McCormick. Lindeen replaced Sgt. Jim “Smitty” Smith, who retired last month, and McCormick replaced Sgt. Greg Brysky, who retired earlier this year following the discovery of two inoperable brain tumors.
Eight candidates applied to fill the position, Public Safety Director and Police Chief Craig Woolery said, but Lindeen and McCormick were the two top picks.
“We’re proud to have both of these promotions from within and to see you continue with your careers here in the city of Cottage Grove,” Mayor Myron Bailey said.
With more than two decades of police experience between the two new sergeants, Woolery said the promotions were well deserved.
Lindeen’s law enforcement career began in Cottage Grove in the fall of 2002 when she started as a community service officer and paramedic. Two months later she was hired as a full-time police officer.
She obtained two degrees from Inver Hills Community college, one in emergency health services and the other in law enforcement. Her other public safety ventures included a brief stint as a community service officer with the city of Apple Valley and as a paramedic for HealthEast.
For the last eight years, Lindeen has also been a field training officer. She is actively involved in bike and ATV patrol compliance and is a firearms safety instructor for the city of Cottage Grove.
McCormick started his law enforcement career as a peace officer in 2000 for the city of Spring Lake Park and was hired as a full-time police officer for the city of Cottage Grove in the fall of 2003.
Recently, McCormick completed leadership training provided through the Minnesota Bureau of Apprehension. He is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree and is enrolled in the police science program at St. Mary’s University.
Throughout his time with the Cottage Grove Police Department, McCormick has been a multi-family housing coordinator, Taser instructor, field training officer and is active in the senior citizen community. He is also part of the mentorship program at Century College where he works with students studying in the law enforcement program.
McCormick will also split his time on the departments newly-created CITE (criminal interdiction traffic enforcement) Team, a proactive policing initiative aimed at addressing traffic complaints, illegal drug activity and retail crime investigations.
Following the retirement of Sgt. Smith in May, the department opened up the position and garnered eight applicants, Woolery said.
During the process, Lindeen said the eight were cut down to the top three who underwent a psychological examination.
A 12-year veteran of the force, Lindeen said it was somewhat nerve wracking.
“It definitely brought me back to when I was first starting out,” she said.
Lindeen said she expects to stay on her normal day shift while McCormick will remain a “floating sergeant,” she said, and will spend time working with the CITE Team.
“I’m super excited,” Lindeen said about the promotion. “It’s going to be a good change of scenery.”