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This profile was last updated on 6/16/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History


  • undergraduate degrees , law enforcement and parks and recreation
    Mankato State University
  • master's degree , training and development
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Menomonie Police Department's first woman ..., 16 June 2008 [cached]
Menomonie Police Department's first woman sergeant and lieutenant, Gail Everts, is leaving the department after 23 years to teach at Chippewa Valley Technical College.
Everts, 47, was hired by the Menomonie Police Department as a patrol officer in April 1985.
"When I first got hired here there weren't a lot of women in law enforcement," said Everts, who earned her undergraduate degrees in law enforcement and parks and recreation from Mankato State University in Minnesota."It made you feel like you were under a microscope."
She strived to back up other officers and studied the statutes and policies governing officers, which helped make her a good sergeant candidate.
After four years with the department she was promoted to sergeant, joining other officers with much more experience.
"To be the first female supervisor was very much a challenge," said Everts, who has her master's degree in training and development from UW-Stout."I was supervising officers with 15 years of experience.I was not autocratic.I used a team approach until I felt confident in my knowledge."
While a sergeant, Everts developed the department's field training officer program in 1994.
"Gail has always set high standards for herself, and the weeks of field training our new officers undergo reflect that," said Assistant Chief Chris Langlois.
Everts, who participated in the FBI National Training Academy in 1997, also has a knack for formulating and maintaining the department's written policies, Langlois noted.
"When a new mandate, statute or case law change requires the formulation of a new policy, Gail has always been the first one to volunteer," Langlois said.
Everts said she first decided to become a police officer because she was drawn to helping people and standing up for those in need.
When she was first hired, she was only the third woman officer ever in the Police Department.She recalled having to choose a men's uniform from a rack because there weren't women's uniforms at the time.
"I looked like a rent-a-cop," she said, smiling, recalling a necktie that hung below her neck and beyond her waist.
Everts decided to teach because she will be helping to educate future officers.
Both her parents were in education.Her mother, Laela, taught business education at New Richmond High School, and her father, Ronald, was a middle school principal in New Richmond.
Everts said she was attracted to CVTC's program because its simulated city is a practical approach to prepare officers for the field.
"The direction they are going is really exciting for me," she said."I will be able to use my creativity and think outside the box in training."
Leaving the Police Department was a difficult decision, she said, noting she will miss the camaraderie with the other officers.
"This job to me was not a job," she said.
GAIL EVERTSAfter ..., 14 June 2008 [cached]
After serving the citizens of Menomonie for 23 years, Lt.Gail Everts announced her departure from the Menomonie Police Department, effective June 6, 2008.Lt.Everts accepted a position at Chippewa Valley Technical College, where she will be an instructor in the Law Enforcement degree program.During her career with MPD, she served the department as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant.She also developed and implemented the department's current Field Training Officer Program, which all new police recruits hired by Menomonie Police Department are required to successfully complete.Lt.Everts was an invaluable asset to the Menomonie Police Department, and the community as a whole, and will be greatly missed.Good luck, Gail!
Stoutonia Online, 21 Sept 2003 [cached]
"It's not that we don't want people to have a good time," said Lieutenant Gail Everts of the Menomonie Police, "but [hosts] are sacrificing people's safety when they try to make parties secretive."
Dunn County -- Civil Service Rating Committee, 8 Mar 2006 [cached]
Gail Everts, Menomonie Police Department
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