Public Safety

Interim chief responds to investigation 

Jeff Groth, interim police chief for the Cottage Grove Police Department, has more than 30 years experience in law enforcement. He might need every bit of it to wrangle all of the issues enveloping the CGPD right now and its 13 officers.

He recently retired as police chief for Sherwood and stepped in to fill the vacancy left by CGPD Chief Scott Shepard, who is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Groth was asked to step in by city manager Richard Meyers. 

Beyond the personnel issues among the department’s leadership, a video . . .