Agners head for Montana
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Two of Petersburg’s longest-serving police officers retired last week (Friday). Police Chief Jim Agner and Investigator Heidi Agner have been with the department since the couple first came to Petersburg in 1994. Jim Agner has served as chief for the last three-and-a-half years. On the their last day of work, Matt Lichtenstein stopped by the police station and asked the Agners for their parting thoughts about a the need for a new facility as well as some of the other challenges facing the department and the community.
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Jim and Heidi Agner dressed up for their last day on the job,. The leather work they’re wearing was all made by Heidi Agner.
The Agners are leaving Petersburg for Montana where they hope to make a living with Jim’s firearms engraving and Heidi’s leathercraft.
A pistol engraved by Jim Agner
Newly-hired police chief is Kelly Swihart takes over in July. In the meantime, retired police captain Bruce Westre is serving as Petersburg’s acting chief.
Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday, July 6 will be voting on a new contract for employees of Petersburg Municipal Power and Light. The borough has yet to release the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement with the employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. However, staffers estimate the new contract will cost an additional 156-thousand dollars. more
Petersburg is planning several days of fun events to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. Vendor and food booths are open Friday, July 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 4th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on main street. The festivities kick off Thursday night, July 2nd at the Parks and Recreation community center. more