Brian Castellano

When did you take over? I took over as the Chief of Police on May 2, 2020 after former Chief of Police Tammy Perry retired.

Where are you from? I grew up in La Prairie, Minn. and graduated from Greenway High School in 1992. I then attended the law enforcement program at the Range Technical/Hibbing Community colleges, graduating from the program in 1994.

Where have you worked? I started out working as a part-time police officer for the Deer River, Coleraine and Marble Police Departments. I also worked part-time as a prisoner transport guard for the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department.

When did you join the Deer River Police Department? I was hired as a full-time police officer for the Deer River Police Department in March 1997 and have worked there ever since. Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams was the Chief of Police in Deer River at that time and hired me.

What are you looking forward to in this new role? I’m looking forward to the new challenges that entail being the Chief of Police of a small-town police department. I do not have a secretary, so I will be responsible for handling a majority of the administrative work. Because we typically have one officer working at a time, I will also have to patrol, answer calls for service and investigate crimes.

What do you enjoy most about being a police officer? What I enjoy most about being a police officer is having the opportunity to interact with the citizens who live in my community on a regular basis. I really enjoy visiting with people who live in and travel through our community.

Tell us about the department: Our police department has three full time police officers that all have under five years of full-time law enforcement experience. It will be rewarding for me to help them develop and watch them progress through their law enforcement careers.

Words to the community and fellow officers: I would like my officers, the community and the Deer River City Council to know that I appreciate all of the support they have given me as I begin this new chapter in my law enforcement career.

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