Joe Firkus sworn in as Elk River police officer

Joe Firkus has been sworn in as Elk River’s newest police officer.

Officer Joe Firkus smiled at his wife, Sarah, as she pinned on his badge after he was sworn in Monday as Elk River’s 31st police officer.

He comes to Elk River from the Becker Police Department, where he worked part-time for two years.

Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe said there were more than 300 applicants for the job and Firkus emerged as the No. 1 candidate.

“He’s well respected by his peers at Becker PD and other law enforcement agencies in the county,” Rolfe said.

Officer Joe Firkus took the oath of office, administered by Mayor John Dietz.

Firkus was sworn in at the Monday, June 18, Elk River City Council meeting by Mayor John Dietz. Watching from the audience were his wife, Sarah, their two children and his parents, his wife’s parents and family friends, Alan and Diane Sakry.

The position Firkus fills opened up with the retirement of Chief Jeff Beahen in 2010. That retirement resulted in several promotions that ended in an open officer position.