Longtime White Bear Lake Police Chief Julie Swanson will retire later this summer, the city recently announced.
Swanson, who has been chief since 2014 and a member of the police department for 23 years, will retire Aug. 25.
During her time with the department, Swanson also served as a DARE instructor, field training officer, school resource officer, sergeant and captain.
“The White Bear Lake community has encapsulated every aspect of my life,” she said in a statement. “We all agree that this is a community like no other, and I have had the fortune to serve it in a capacity that I never envisioned (when she moved to the area at age 12).”
Swanson, the city said, has been instrumental in shaping the department’s morale, cultivating a team approach to policing and enhancing the department’s community outreach efforts.
“Chief Swanson is an example of what community policing means and should be,” said Lindy Crawford, city manager of White Bear Lake.
Led by Crawford, a formal hiring process to replace Swanson is set to begin in the next few weeks.
After devoting so many years to the community, Swanson said, “It is hard to imagine what life will look like when I no longer work in a role that I have loved and been proud of for half of my lifetime.”