Four finalists for Police Chief

In his Friday Memo for the week of March 17 – 21, City Administrator Al Roder announced the four finalists for Northfield’s Chief of Police position. Here’s Roder’s summary on each:

  • Gerald Mines
    Gerald Mines received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice/Psychology from John Jay College in New York and his Masters from New England College, New Hampshire in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management. Gerald has 40+ years of extensive and comprehensive law enforcement leadership and management experience in the New York Police Department in all areas of urban, suburban and rural areas, as well as transit facilities, emergency management, youth gangs, narcotics and counter-terrorism issues. Most recently he has two years of experience as a police expert and consultant.
  • Mark Taylor
    Mark Taylor received his undergraduate academic training in Law Enforcement from Mankato State University and is presently enrolling in a Masters program in Public Administration. He has spent the past six months working as Patrol Captain of the Northfield Police Department with leadership responsibilities for twenty-three licensed and civilian personnel. Prior to 2007, Captain Taylor spent twenty years with the McLeod County Sheriff’s department. His progressive responsibilities at McLeod included eight years as Chief Deputy Sheriff. He was responsible for all facets of the department including 70 full-time employees in civil process, patrol, records, jail, investigations, emergency services, communications (dispatch), clerical staff and a budget in excess of $3 million.
  • Andy Bohlen
    Andy Bohlen earned his Law Enforcement associates degree from Rochester Community College, his Bachelor degree from Concordia University in Organizational Communications and his Masters degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Management. His twenty plus years in law enforcement includes military police, patrol, sergeant and detective sergeant. His most recent fifteen years with the Lakeville Police Department includes progressive responsibilities in both patrol and investigations including management of crime scene including supervision of 17 licensed and civilian personnel, budgeting, public relations, and leadership instructor.
  • Lee Edwards
    Lee Edwards earned his undergraduate degree in Organic Chemistry and his Masters degree in Public Administration from Minnesota State University in Mankato as well as the successful completion of the FBI National Academy. His progressive assignment history includes Patrol officer in 1989, Sergeant in 1995, Sergeant Detective in 1998, and Lieutenant/Commander in three different precincts in the Minneapolis Police Department for the last nine years. Experience includes homicide, internal affairs, investigations, administrative functions, command of approximately 150 sworn officers and 10 civilian employees, with an operating budget of 12 million dollars.

Grand Theater Marquee
According to an article in today’s Nfld News:

The finalists will tour the city by bus Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and be the guests of honor at a public reception that evening at The Grand from 6 to 9 p.m. Interviews are set for the following day. Each will be interviewed by groups composed of members of the community, law enforcement officials, several city department heads and at least five local youth.

Also see the March 1 Nfld News: 29 apply for police chief position; Four panels will interview up to 8 semi-finalists and our blog discussion on the hiring process.

So what’s known about these four guys? And why didn’t Captain Roger Schroeder and Sergeant Mark Murphy make the cut?


  1. John S. Thomas said:

    KARE 11 just announced that Captain Taylor has been selected as our new chief of police on the 10 PM newscast.

    April 21, 2008
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks, John. I’ve heard that most officers were hoping Taylor would be selected.

    April 21, 2008

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