Silver Bay has a new assistant police chief — who will soon take the title of chief. Officer Scott Kochendorfer was sworn in as assistant chief by Mayor Scott Johnson during the City Council meeting Monday, July 1, at City Hall.
After swearing to support the laws of the U.S. and Minnesota, Johnson shook Kochendorfer's hand while the new assistant chief's fellow officers and family members applauded.
"All right, you're in," Johnson said.
Kochendorfer was hired to replace Police Chief Douglas Frericks when he retires in August. Frericks asked Kochendorfer to join the force as assistant chief in the interim to learn the ropes of the department and the greater community.
"I'm excited to have him on for Bay Days next week," Johnson said. "It'll give him a chance to get to know the community quickly.
Kochendorf very recently relocated with his family to Silver Bay from Red Wing, Minn. Frericks helped the family unload the moving truck Friday, June 28.
"For those of you who don’t know, Scott was the training officer for the Red Wing Police Department, which is a really good thing for us," Frericks said. "I met him back in 2016 at a training event in Grand Marais. He expressed interest in moving up to the shore then."
Frericks kept Kochendorfer's contact information on file and reached out to him when he submitted his letter of intent to retire.
"The personnel committee had a tough decision as we had plenty of excellent candidates," Frericks said. "But I'm glad Scott's on board and I have complete confidence in him. We've come a long way in the past five years and Scott, with his background, can bring us to the next level."
Kochendorf's son, Oliver, pinned his father's badge on him at the end of the ceremony. The ceremony will be repeated in about a month when Frericks officially retires and Kochendorfer is sworn in as chief.