Roseville PD loses key officer to retirement


Maureen Sikorra

When Maureen Sikorra retired from the Roseville Police Department earlier this month after 22 years, the department lost a veteran officer who had filled a number of roles during her career.

“I woke up one morning and said it’s time,” Sikorra said of her retirement. “It’s been a wonderful ride. I leave with mixed feelings.”

During her time in Roseville Sikorra worked as a patrol officer, juvenile detective, family violence investigator and finally, school liaison officer at Roseville Area High School (RAHS).

Career changes

Sikorra didn’t always plan to be a police officer. Prior to earning her credentials in law enforcement, Sikorra worked on the news desk at KARE 11 television. It’s didn’t take her long to realize that role wasn’t a good fit.

“I just wanted to go in another direction,” she noted.

A brother was already a police officer, Sikorra explained, and after hearing tales from his working life, that a career in law enforcement was what she was looking for.

“I wanted to work with people more directly,” she said.

As for the next career step, Sikorra said she plans to take about a year to volunteer with community organizations before determining what she wants to do next.

“It’s going to be a new chapter,” she added.

Though she could have stayed on in Roseville for a few more years, Sikorra said this summer was as good a time as any.

“I think this is a young person’s job,” she explained. “And I’ve done everything I wanted.”

Sikorra said she’s also eagerly looking forward to more time with her kids.

“They’ve had to share me a lot,” she said.

“I’m walking away from a chapter of my life that’s been rewarding,”   Sikorra added. “It’s hard to walk away from a job like this.”

A valuable career

Roseville Lt. Erika Scheider said Sikorra’s ability to work with at-risk youth and families has been a tremendous asset to the department.

“She just always went above and beyond, especially with a kid getting in trouble,” Scheider said, adding Sikorra was known to stay late to talk to children and families impacted by violence and she was also willing to give someone her personal cell number in case they needed something late at night or on the weekend.

“A lot of young kids are in a better place because of the work Maureen did,” Scheider noted.

Chief Rick Mathwig said Sikorra’s talent for listening sincerely to people from all walks of life made her an effective officer.

“She’s shown a tremendous amount of caring,” he said.

Jenny Loeck, the principal at RAHS, said the school is going to miss Sikorra.

“She’s been tremendous,” Loeck said. “She was the consummate professional in every way.”

In addition to leading the school’s emergency response team, Loeck said Sikorra made a clear effort to connect with as many kids as she could.

“Boys and girls alike, kids with varied backgrounds,” Loeck noted. “She was an asset for us here at RAHS.”

Plenty of memories

Sikorra said she took tremendous pride in the work she did with the victims of sexual abuse and violence.

“You help people get to a safe place,” she said, adding family cases were often both rewarding and exhausting.

“These victims are often isolated and  you have to step in and help them,” Sikorra explained.

She also pointed to her work as one of the department’s mentors as something she’s proud of.

“We were able to make a positive impact on kids,” she noted.

While she’s eager for what the next stage of her life will bring, Sikorra said her law enforcement career was ultimately everything she hoped it would be.

“I’m just so grateful for the people I’ve come across both in and out of the department,” she said. “It’s meant a lot to me and I wouldn’t have been able to do what I’ve done without all these people as backup.”

George Fairbanks can be reached at gfairbanks@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813.

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