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Rohr rides captain's chair

Sgt. Gordon Rohr said he will miss patrolling the streets, but he is excited for the challenges ahead in his new position as Red Wing Police Department captain. (Republican Eagle photo by John R. Russett)

After 20 years as an officer patrolling the streets, Sgt. Gordon Rohr will spend the majority of his time behind a desk after he takes over for retiring Red Wing Police Capt. Darold Glander on Monday.

Captain is more of an administrative position, Rohr said, and added he’ll spend little time on the streets if any at all.

Rohr grew up in Cannon Falls on a family farm and said he didn’t know anyone in law enforcement when he was younger, but he knew before he graduated from high school what he wanted to do with his life.

He said he wanted a job which would bring something new every day, a job where he could be outside and interact with people who were in need.

After three years as a reserve officer with the Cannon Falls Police Department, Rohr went to school to get his degree and when he returned he took a position as a patrol officer in Cannon Falls.

In 2002 he made the move to the Red Wing Police Department and was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2006.

Rohr said the patrol division is an important part of any police department.

“They’re the ones that respond to the calls first, they’re the ones that take the initial information and deal with the people,” he said. “They give the first impression of the department.”

With more than 20 years in law enforcement, Rohr said it’s time for some new challenges.

The first few months will be spent learning the ropes of his new position, dealing with budget issues and working out the order for the new squad cars.

“It’s going to be different, it’s going to be interesting,” Rohr said.

Even with the challenges of getting acclimated to his new role there will always be a part of him that wants to be in a squad car patrolling the streets, Rohr said.

“Patrol is in my heart,” said. “I might try and sneak out every once in a while if I can.”

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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