Welcome to the web site for the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department. For 40 years we have been serving the cities of Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood and Tonka Bay through a cooperative policing arrangement. This longstanding partnership provides an economical way to increase the availability and scope of police services over what each city could independently support on its own. I invite you to learn more about our organization by browsing this web site.
Autobiography - January 2013
I have been associated with the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD) for more than 31 of my nearly 35 years as a police officer in Minnesota. The past 14 years it has been my privilege to serve as Chief of Police and Emergency Management Director for the SLMPD.
My career has been filled with personal and professional growth that has prepared me well for my current administrative responsibilities. I have experienced the diversity of police work through a variety of positions and assignments. This has been complemented by a combination of specialized training and academic pursuits highlighted by my graduation from the FBI National Academy and the University of St. Thomas with a Master of Arts Degree in Public Safety Administration.
My position with the SLMPD is more expansive than the traditional role of a police chief, given the autonomy associated with being a joint powers organization. This means all organizational matters are handled internally, which differs from the structure under which most local police departments operate where city staff takes responsibility for many of the administrative, financial and human resource functions. Much of my time, therefore, is devoted to activities normally assumed by other personnel in city government. This not only requires an additional set of skills, but adds another layer of responsibility to my more orthodox role of managing police operations and coordinating emergency preparedness at the local level.
The many demands of my job are mitigated by the fact that I have a supportive and understanding family; wonderful colleagues who really care about each other and the cities they serve; and community leaders who value the integrity and professionalism of the SLMPD. I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this leadership role and to manage what is truly an outstanding organization.