Grimmius sworn in as Sergeant at WPDPublished by on
WORTHINGTON – In front of family and co-workers, Nate Grimmius on Friday was sworn in as a sergeant on the Worthington Police Department after serving 10 years on the force. The brief ceremony was introduced by Interim Police Chief Kevin Flynn.
“It’s not often that we get a chance to put stripes on somebody, so it’s something that we need to do in an official manner,” Flynn said. “It’s something that’s important to us. The significant is he is a boss and he’s demonstrated his ability to lead and we want to recognize him for that.”
Flynn pointed out that the patrol officers are the backbone of the department.
Grimmius was hired in 2004, and in 2007 became a member of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force. He’s known among his co-workers and superiors as a go-getter and self-starter, always willing to get involved, Flynn said.
“He’s hard worker, diligent, reliable - he’s everything you’d want in a leadership position,” Flynn stated.
Also an active community member, Grimmius coached the high school hockey team and is a member of the Worthington Fire Department. He is also a new father – very new. His 7-week-old son was in the audience as Grimmius swore to uphold the constitution of the United States and Minnesota, faithfully and to the best of his abilities discharging the duties of a sergeant.
Nate’s wife Petra was given the honor of pinning a new badge and brass on his uniform after some brief words from Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark.
“Nate is not a man of a whole lot of words, but works hard and is diligent, and speaks through his actions,” Clark said. “That impressed us through the interview process and exemplifies what we have in the department here - we go about our business and get things done. He agreed to take a leadership post, and we welcome you to that today.”
When co-workers began urging the newly sworn-in Sergeant Grimmius to speak, he made Clark’s point by quickly thanking everyone for coming and pointing them toward refreshments.