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Mikael Dahlstrom and Ryan Coughlin were promoted to sergeants in the Rosemount Police Department.

Two new sergeants named on Rosemount Police Department

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Two new sergeants have been chosen for the Rosemount Police Department. Officer Mikael Dahlstrom and officer Ryan Coughlin were introduced to the city council on Tuesday night.

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"It's a pretty exciting time for the police department," said Eric Werner, Rosemount's Police Chief.

Dahlstrom has been with the department for seven years and started his sergeant duties on Aug. 23. He has served as a patrol officer. His specialty assignments include field training officer, drug recognition expert, Dakota County Mutual Aid Assistance Group Team Leader and Police Response to Active shooter instructor. He has a master of arts degree in criminal justice and leadership from Concordia and bachelors degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Coughlin also has served with the department seven years and will begin his duties on Sept. 20. He has served as a patrol officer and rotating investigator. His specialty assignments include field training officer, evidence room custodian, use-of-force instructor and crime scene officer. He has a bachelors degree from Metro State University and is working on his master of arts degree in criminal justice from Concordia University.

Werner said both men successfully completed the extensive sergeant testing process. The test includes a comprehensive written exercise and an oral interview panel. Eight police officers tested for the position.

The selection process included input from community members.Werner said the candidates were interviewed by two panels. The panels included representatives from the city's department of directors, police department staff, leaders from Rosemount schools, the business community and faith-based organizations.

"Each panel spoke highly of the officers who applied for these positions," said Werner.

Family of the two men filled the council chambers as both men received their badges and sergeants pins. Mayor Bill Droste said it makes a great statement to see such strong family suppport for the men.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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