Bergson Arrested for Probation Violation

Former Duluth and Superior Mayor Herb Bergson was arrested on Nov. 11. Former Duluth and Superior Mayor Herb Bergson was arrested on Nov. 11. |  Photo: Douglas County Sheriff's Dept.

Updated: November 18, 2019 05:53 PM

Herbert Bergson, the former mayor of Duluth and Superior, is currently being held at Douglas County Jail on a probation violation.


The Duluth Police Department says Bergson, 63, was arrested Nov. 11 on the 2100 block of West Superior Street.  Duluth Police say they were assisting the Superior Police Department in his arrest.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Gerald Moe said he was brought over to Douglas County Jail from St. Louis County Jail, where he is being held on a probation violation. 

St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman said there were no probable cause charges and after Bergson appeared in court in Duluth, he was extradited to Wisconsin.

In November 2018, Bergson was sentenced to one year of probation for resisting or obstructing an officer and an offense related to an ignition interlock device.  The charges followed an incident near Lake Nebagamon in February 2018.

A spokesperson for the Wisconsin of Department Corrections said Bergson had been released from a probation hold on Oct. 15 due to an undisclosed medical issue. However, a warrant was issued on Oct. 31 when he did not report to his agent as scheduled.

The Department of Corrections, speaking generally, said if an offender is alleged to violate the law or the rules of their supervision, their agent will complete a violation investigation. As a result, an offender may be placed in custody by their agent while the alleged violation is being investigated.

Bergson remained listed on the Douglas County Jail roster late Monday.

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