Two Natives return to man new Nisswa police force
As printed in The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, March 1996
This week two native Brainerd lakes area police officers are preparing for the Nisswa Police Department opening Monday.
Craig Taylor, a Crosby native, recently of Bullhead City, Arizona, and D.J. Downie, a Nisswa native, are moving to the Nisswa area to help start the Nisswa Police Department.
Nisswa Police Chief Ron Seliski is working with the officers he hired this month while preparing for opening day.
With the sun shining on the pines near the Nisswa Emergency Service Center, the chief, his officers and members of the Nisswa City Council and the Public Safety Committee unveiled the city's dapper blue uniforms and the white police cars with the scenic pine tree and sunset on the side Wednesday.
The offices are ready for the busy officers complete with desks, equipment and cubicles tucked in the Nisswa Community Center.
The Nisswa Police Department was conceived nine months ago when the city council voted to create its own police department at a three-hour special city council meeting. Previously, the city contracted with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department.
New Nisswa police department now on patrol
As printed in the Lake Country Echo, April 1996
Two officers have joined Chief Ron Seliski in the newly created (Nisswa Police) department, which began patrolling April 1. They are Craig Taylor and D.J. Downie.
New facilities, a new logo, and a near-new squad car are in place for the new police department. The Nisswa council voted to reactivate a city-run police department last year. For the past 16 years, the city has contracted with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department for law enforcement.
The fleet of cars, assumed from the county through the previous contract, includes a 1995 Ford, a 1994 Ford, and a 1992 Chevy.
The two newer vehicles sport a new police department logo, designed and painted by Carol Mortinson.
Nisswa's new police force is also among the best paid in the area. Downie and Taylor will earn $28,000 this year -- compared to $30,194 in base pay for a full time officer in Brainerd, and less than $25,000 for officers in Pequot, Crosslake and Breezy Point.
The Nisswa municipal police department will be housed at the Nisswa Fire Hall.
The Emergency Services Center is located north of downtown Nisswa, behind the community service center.