After taking the oath of office during the Cloquet City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 5, seven new police officers have officially joined the Cloquet Police Department.

Cloquet Police Department Chief Derek Randall introduced the new officers to the council and meeting attendees, and said this was the first time in over a year officers have been able to be introduced and take the oath of office due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The oath was administered by retired Judge Robert Macaulay, who thanked Randall for allowing him to participate in this event.

“For over 37 years I had the privilege of working with several generations of police officers,” he said. “I can’t tell you how much respect I had for the tradition of the department that I witnessed day in and day out for decades.”

The new officers introduced during the meeting include: Kevin Holshouser, Brody Nordquist, Trevor Kaldor, Elijah Haglund, Travis Magdzas, Ronald Timmons and Megan Conley.

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Macaulay said he felt very fortunate that the new officers will now protect and serve him along with all the other residents of Cloquet.

The addition of the seven new officers brings CPD closer to being fully staffed, said city administrator Tim Peterson.

The city is still looking to hire two officers, Peterson said, and is working on filling the vacant positions.

The hiring process is going through background checks, which Peterson said can be time consuming, but the two more officers could be hired as soon as the end of the year.