Meet Your Board
The Faces of Our Association
St. Cloud Police Department
Officer Sara Gangle started her career in 2011 working for the City of New Hope, MN till 2014. Officer Gangle transferred to City of St. Cloud Police Department to have the opportunity to gain experience in all area of law enforcement. She is currently working in the capacity as a School Resource Officer under the Community Engagement Unit at St. Cloud Police Department and has been in this position since 2016. During the summer Officer Gangle works patrol. Officer Gangle has been an active member of MAWP since she began her career in law enforcement and openly talks about the importance of having great mentors and a positive network in the field. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree as a double major in Community Psychology and Chemical Dependency. Officer Gangle went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice at St. Cloud State University in 2010. Officer Gangle previously held the positions of Communication Director 2019-2022 and Historian in 2013-2014.
1st Vice President
Nicole Swanson was born and raised in Douglas County. She lives in Garfield, Minnesota right outside of Alexandria with her husband and their two children. Nicole’s husband is also in Law Enforcement, keeping their household very busy. Before becoming a Deputy, Nicole obtained my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Concordia University in Saint Paul. She started my “big girl” life as a Family and Youth Advocate at the Harriet Tubman Shelter in Maplewood, MN. She eventually returned home and was hired with the Sheriff’s Office as a 911 Dispatcher, while she completed the Law Enforcement Skills program. Nicole was then hired as a Deputy with Douglas County.
Nicole is currently serving as a School Resource Officer, teaching DARE and in the summer on Water Patrol. She puts on all youth activities in the community, including Shop with a Cop, Bike Safety, and more. She is also involved in the Douglas County Sheriff’s Federation, Domestic Violence Task Force Committee, the Secretary for the Minnesota DARE Officers Association and on the Douglas County SWAT Team as one of three Negotiators.
Outside of work, Nicole enjoys being a wife and mom. She looks forward to weekends off with her husband so they can lay low or get outside with their children.
2nd Vice President
Lakeville Police Department
Hayley is employed with the City of Lakeville Police Department as of April 2017, where she
currently serves as a Patrol Officer. Hayley is an active member of her department and stays busy with a variety of roles to include Field Training Officer, Drug Recognition Evaluator, and a Crisis Negotiator on the South Metro SWAT Team. She also serves as a member on her department’s Mental Health Team and Community Response Team. Hayley attended Hamline University for her undergraduate education where she played D3 Lacrosse and graduated with degrees in both Criminal Justice and Psychology in 2016. She returned to Hamline in 2019 to further her education, and graduated with her Master’s Degree in the Study of Law in May of 2021. In her free time, Hayley loves to spend time outdoors with her two dogs, Crosby and Nash.
St. Cloud Police Department
Debora Ocloo has been employed with the City of St. Cloud as an Officer since October of 2016, having been in patrol for nearly four years and currently on the Community Response Team (CRT). Debora grew up in the St. Cloud area and graduated from SCSU with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a M.A. of Special Studies with a concentration in Mental Health and Addictions. Debora enjoys the outdoors (fishing, hiking, etc…), being active and powerlifting. She also enjoys time with family and friends and likes being active in her community.
Waseca Police Department
Officer Courtney Hartle has been employed with the Waseca Police Department since January 2016 as a patrol officer. Courtney grew up in Owatonna, MN and graduated from the Owatonna High School. She attended Rochester Community College and earned her AA Degree later, furthering her education with MSU-Mankato earning her Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement. She also attended Alexandria Technical College where she graduated from the law enforcement skills program. Courtney enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being active in her community.
Sergeant Ashlee Lange is currently assigned to the University of MInnesota Police Department's Community Engagement Team. She has been with UMPD for 9 years, formerly a FTO and also a current member of the Bike Unit. When she's not working she likes to stay active, garden and spend time with her wife and daughter. She has been a member of MAWP for 6 years and loves to make personal and professional connections through the organization.
Lakeville Police Department
Past President 2019-2022
Waseca County Deputy
Serena has been employed by the Waseca County Sheriff’s Office since December of 2014. She grew up in Red Wing, MN and moved to Waseca area when she was hired by Waseca Police Department in 2012. Serena graduated from Metropolitan State University with a B.S in Criminal Justice and B.A in Law Enforcement. Serena has also worked for Red Wing Police Department and Goodhue Police Department in her 7 Years of Law Enforcement. She currently holds the title as Deputy Sheriff with Waseca County, which includes, bailiff, patrol and minor investigations. Serena is also an active member in her local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #16 holding the position of President as well. Serena loves spending time with family and friends and being an active member in her community.