Fort Frances appoints new Municipal Law Enforcement Officer

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

If you weren’t already following parking regulations in Fort Frances, now’s a great time to start. At last week’s Town Council meeting a bylaw was passed which appointed Katelyn Svoboda as a new Municipal Law Enforcement Officer and Weed Inspector for the Town of Fort Frances.

At a badge presentation ceremony Mayor Andrew Hallikas congratulated Svoboda on the new position and added that he was thankful that the town had been able to fill the position.

“We welcome you, Katelyn,” Hallikas said. “In times when many employers in Fort Frances and across the province are struggling to find qualified employees, we feel very fortunate that a young person such as yourself has chosen to start their career with the Town of Fort Frances. We’re really happy to have you.”

Svoboda is a lifelong resident of Fort Frances and worked at the courthouse before applying for the Municipal Enforcement job.

“I’m from Fort Frances, I’ve lived here all my life,” Svoboda said. “I worked at the courthouse as a court and client representative from 2018 until this year.”

Svoboda lives in town with her young family and loves what the Fort Frances area has to offer.

“I like boating, and having a young family, we like being outdoors and I’m really excited for this role,” she said. “I like the small town feeling and the sense of community. There’s lots of stuff that Fort Frances has to offer. Rainy Lake and being close to the border. Being able to travel, but also very secluded in the northwest.”

After working at the courthouse Svoboda says she became interested in the justice system.

“Because I worked in the justice system in the Provincial Offenses court I saw slightly at the courthouse, but it really sparked my interest for the job here,” she said. “I applied immediately and luckily I got the job.”

Svoboda has already been training with senior bylaw officer Patrick Briere and parking tickets have already begun to flow.

From left: Faisal Anwar CAO Town of Fort Frances, new Municipal Enforcement officer Katelyn Svoboda and Mayor Andrew Hallikas. Svoboda was presented with her badge in a ceremony at the Civic Centre on Nov. 30. Svoboda has been training for a while now and parking tickets are being issued. –Allan Bradbury photo