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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • New staff on board at county license center

  • John Ebner spent more than 30 years serving in law enforcement; now Ebner has taken that experience and is putting it to use in another role as deputy registrar for the Redwood County license center.
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  • When it comes to understanding rules of the road, one would consider John Ebner a bit of an expert. After all, he spent more than 30 years serving in law enforcement. Ebner, who retired from his role with the Minnesota State Patrol at the end of 2013, has taken that knowledge and is putting it to use in another role as deputy registrar for the Redwood County license center. “I think this should be a good fit,” said Ebner, who started working in his new role Jan. 6. “I might have dealt with the same kinds of things in law enforcement, but I know I still have a lot to learn here.” Ebner, whose role includes serving the public as they obtain or renew everything from their driver’s license to the license plate tabs on their vehicles, said he has been very busy, adding his leadership role in the state patrol (he retired as a captain) is going to serve him in his role as a leader in the license center office. The license center is under the supervision of Jean Price, county auditor-treasurer.
    Ebner said he really appreciates the help he has been receiving from the auditor-treasurer’s office through the transition. Amy Groebner from the auditor-treasurer’s office has been working in the license center office to help create a smoother ride for those new to the office. “Jeanette Prahl is still here. She has a wealth of knowledge,” said Eb-ner, adding he appreciates working with her. Joining Ebner as new staff members in the license center are Lisa Guggisberg and Sarah Groebner, who are both serving as clerks. Ebner admitted he is going to miss his role in law enforcement, but added the calls at all hours of the day and night are something he won’t miss. “Being a law en-forcement officer is a younger man’s game,” said Ebner. “I loved being a trooper. The people were like family. I made a lot of friendships. I will miss that.” While Ebner had not yet reached the age when state patrol officers are required to retire, he felt now was the time to move on to the next part of life. Ebner said he is enjoying his new role and is glad for the chance to be interacting with the public. “It is remarkable just how much goes on in this office,” he said. “You just can’t learn everything in a month or two.” “I think things are going pretty well so far,” added Ebner. “We are making mistakes, and I am grateful the public has been patient with us as we learn.”

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