Chief Bill Schlumbohm was promoted from Deputy
Chief of Police to Chief of
Police on January 1st, 2017. Prior to the formation of the Lakes Area
Police Department, he was the Police Chief
for the Chisago City Police Department and was with the
department for about 11 years before the two
departments merged. Bill was a guiding force in the merger and became
Deputy Chief upon the creation of the Lakes Area Police Department.
He and his family and live in the Chisago lakes Area. Bill has a
background in computer programming, which has been a great asset to
Captain Larson is from Wisconsin but attended college in Minnesota. Captain Katie
Larson was hired as an Officer in August of 2005, and promoted to the rank of
Sergeant in 2012, and Captain in 2017. Captain Larson has gone
through many training courses to help detect impaired drivers
including Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Supervising & Management, and has also been
trained in National Incident Management through FEMA.
Merchlewitz started as a Community Service Officer in 1993 with the Lindstrom
Police Department. In March of 1994 he
became a part-time Officer and in June of 1994 went to full-time.
Detective Merchlewitz is certified in Intoxilyzer Operations
and certified to operate LIDAR. In 2015 he was assigned full time to the Detective
Bureau. He has taught Project Charlie and National Child Safety to the area youth.
Before becoming a
Police Officer, Sergeant Cory Spencer became an Intern with the Lakes Area
Police Department in the summer of 2005. After completing his
internship Sergeant Spencer applied for a Community Service Officer
Position in 2006 and was appointed to that position by the Police
Commission. In 2007 Sergeant Spencer became a Police Officer with the
L.A.P.D. Sergeant Spencer had obtained his
Part-Time Police Officer license and Worked as a Part-Time Officer for
Lakes Area PD while completing his Minnesota Full-Time License
requirements. Upon successfully completing his Minnesota License
Requirements, Sergeant Spencer was appointed as a Full-Time Officer in
September of 2007. Sergeant Spencer has a long time connection with the
Chisago lakes Area spending his youthful years in the area. After
graduating college Sergeant Spencer worked as an Officer in Wisconsin
for a short time also. In 2018, Sergeant Spencer was promoted to the
rank of Sergeant, where he supervises the B side patrol rotation.
Officer Tiffany Larson was
hired in February of 2019 and had previously worked for the Dilworth Police Department
which is located near Moorehead, MN. She is currently working as a School
Resource Officer, assigned to the Middle School and Pathways program.
Before becoming a
Lakes Area Police Officer, Officer Jordan Kolbow worked for the Sherburne County
Sheriff's Office as a licensed Deputy working in the corrections division.
Officer Kolbow joined Lakes Area Police in November of 2013. He is currently
assigned to the Chisago County SWAT team as an operator, and is one of the
Department's use of force instructors, as well as unarmed control tactics, and
Officer Jonathan Barwin joined
the Lakes Area Police Department in January of 2016, and is currently assigned
as a School Resource Officer. Officer Barwin heads the DARE program, and is
the lead SRO for the Department. He works out of the Chisago Lakes High school.
Assistant Amber Strese
been with the Lakes Area Police Department since April of 2021.
Assistant Strese work with an alarm company in Wisconsin. She had under taken numerous training courses and is a certified CJIS operator, and handles records requests for the Department, as well as crime statistics and record entry.
Assistant Strese does much more
than data entry. There are many occasions when
Assistant Strese will take an initial complaint over the phone, she communicates with the officers over
the radio or computer systems, handles requests for information, and many times is the
first person a member of the public sees when asking for a police officer
at City Hall. Assistant Strese's duties are many and varied.
Sergeant Jim Varco was
hired by the Chisago City Police Department February 11, 2000,
and promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2012.
Sergeant Varco attended Bemidji State University where he obtained a
B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, and completed his skills training at
Hibbing Community College. Since beginning his employment with the
Chisago City Police Department, Sergeant Varco had received training
in, and is certified as an intoxilyzer operator, Simunition, firearms,
use of force instructor, and snowmobile safety instructor. Sergeant
Varco is also a certified field training officer and supervises the A side rotation. While off duty,
Sergeant Varco enjoys spending time on the water fishing, hunting, and
Officer Tom Haller started with the
Chisago City Police Department in 2003 and has continued with the
Lakes Area Police Department. Officer Haller has worked as a School
Resource Officer, and has taught DNR safety classes to local youth. Officer Haller supervises the Department's
impound lot forfeiture related transactions, auctions and is assigned to the A side day watch.
started his patrol duties with Lakes Area PD in December of 2006. He
is currently a Taser instructor, and past Drug Recognition Officer.
Chad currently covers our B side day watch. Chad grew
up in northern Minnesota and currently lives in Chisago County.
Officer Aaron Anderson
became a Lakes Area Police Officer in July of 2015. He had previously worked
as a part time Police Officer for the Wyoming Police Department. Officer Anderson
is certified in patrol operations, DUI enforcement, traffic enforcement, breath test
operator, and is currently assigned to the A side Day power shift.
Officer Quimby joined the Lakes
Area Police Department in November of 2015. He has previously been a Community
Service Officer for the Lakes Area Police Department and also had completed his
college internship here. He is currently a full time Police Officer
and is assigned to the A side night shift. Officer Quimby is also the Department's property
Officer, responsible for the storage and tracking of property and evidence.
Officer Baumann joined the Lakes
Area Police Department in February of 2021. He has previously been employed with Cook County
as a Deputy Sheriff for 5 years. He is currently a full time Police Officer
and is assigned to the B side day power shift.
Assistant Lind has worked as a Police Assistant for many years with the Chisago
City police department prior to the creation of the Lakes Area Police
Department. Assistant Lind lives in the Chisago Lakes Area with her husband and
children. Assistant Lind works Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Her
duties include Data Management, transcription, gun permits, first contact for
inquiries, managing office supplies and criminal coding, just to name a