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Ross Tiegs appointed Morris Police Chief

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, City Attorney Aaron Jordan administered the oath of office to Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs while the members of the Morris City Council observed. (Kim Ukura/Morris Sun Tribune)1 / 2
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, City Attorney Aaron Jordan (left) administered the oath of office to Officer Brett Collins, the newest member of the Morris Police Department. (Kim Ukura/Morris Sun Tribune)2 / 2

MORRIS -- The Morris City Council unanimously approved appointing long-time Morris Police Department Sergeant Ross Tiegs as the next police chief for the City of Morris at their meeting Tuesday.

Tiegs was the top candidate recommended by the members of the Police Civil Service Commission.

"We did have two very good internal candidates," said City Manager Blaine Hill. "It's probably a credit to the police department that we do have individuals that are moving up the line and are able to take charge of the police department. ... It's very nice to know that there's leadership building within the department that we can count on."

Tiegs has been serving as interim police chief since former chief Jim Beauregard retired at the end of July to take a job consulting with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

In his first official act as police chief, Tiegs introduced the council to Officer Brett Collins, who was hired to fill one of two vacancies in the department.

City Attorney Aaron Jordan and Mayor Sheldon Giese administered the oaths of office, and Collins' mother pinned on his badge.

Tiegs said he had made a conditional offer to another officer this week and could be introduced to the council within a month.