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Grand Marais mayor appointed to peace officer standards board

Feb 14, 2021 06:01AM ● By Editor
Photo: KBJR-TV

By Kendall Jarboe of KBJR-TV - February 13, 2021

Governor Tim Walz appointed seven new members to the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Thursday.  The board sets regulations and training standards of police officers in the state.  Its goal is to increase police transparency and accountability.

POST is a result of the call from Minnesotans following the death of George Floyd.

One of the newly appointed members is the mayor of Grand Marais Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

"We have to look really honestly and really deeply at activities of the past year and see the problems that caused them to fester and to erupt in the way that they did," Arrowsmith DeCoux said.

Arrowsmith DeCoux will fill the position of an elected official in a city smaller than 5,000 people. Grand Marais does not have its own police force. They contract through the county sheriff for their law enforcement.

With other small cities in a similar position, Arrowsmith DeCoux wants to represent rural Minnesota.

"I really think this is an important time for outstate Minnesota to have a voice in what's happening with policing and with the standards that police officers and other peace officers are held to," he said.

Moving forward, Arrowsmith DeCoux wants to help officers be in better positions to make proper judgments and preserve life.

"We can look at these situations that have happened in the past year constructively and actually do some renovations and some revitalizations to those standards and trainings that will be meaningful," he said.

The mayor, formalizing his goals for this position, believes positive change is possible.

"I am an optimist," Arrowsmith DeCoux said. "I do believe that there are a lot of good things that can happen when you put your mind to a situation. I'm going to be asking a lot of questions about why things are done the way they are, and what other opportunities we have."

The mayor's term on the POST Board begins Tuesday and runs until January of 2025.

To watch the video version of this report and see related stories, follow this link to the KBJR-TV website.