June 21, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 25

Petersburg Police swear in new officer

Randy Holmgrain, a longtime Petersburg resident returns home to his family and the Petersburg Police Department. Holmgrain was sworn in as the new police officer Wednesday, June 20.

Randy Holmgrain was sworn in as a new police officer for the Petersburg Police Department Wednesday, June 20. Randy is shown here with his wife Sarah, four year old son, Alex and week old daughter, Arya.

“My family and I moved to Petersburg in the fall of 2001 and I worked with the police department until 2004,” Holmgrain said. “I took a job with the Department of Defense and spent a year and a half in Iraq doing police training among other things.”

Holmgrain also ran a camp for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from December of 2005 to the spring of 2007. He was also a country operations manager in Afghanistan for 20 months.

“I came back home in December to recover from typhoid,” Holmgrain said. “I decided it was time to come home and I resigned.”

“We are lucky to have him back with us,” Petersburg Police Chief Jim Agner said.

Holmgrain is taking a position that was vacated by Officer Steve Scherrer, who has taken a position with the Juneau Police Department.

“I was lucky that the position came available at this time,” Holmgrain said. “I am happy to be back here in Petersburg with my family.”

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