In their own words: Rosemount police chief candidates

  • Article by: PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 12, 2014 - 8:49 PM

Candidates from Apple Valley and Bloomington police, and Dakota sheriff, in the running.

Rick Schroeder The 46-year-old Rosemount resident is a sergeant with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.

The finalists have been chosen. The interviews are underway. And Rosemount’s new police chief is to be appointed at the Aug. 4 City Council meeting, city officials said.

The job came open after Chief Eric Werner left Rosemount on June 6 to become police chief in Maple Grove.

Mayor Bill Droste said he wants the new chief to be “a good leader. One who knows how to build relationships with the business community and motivate a young team of police officers.”

Residents who want to comment on any of the candidates should e-mail city administrator Dwight Johnson at dwight.johnson@ci.rosemount.mn.us.

Here’s what the candidates had to say about themselves and the job. Their answers have been paraphrased and edited for length:

Mitchell Scott

Age: 48

Personal: Lives in Farmington. A native of Oklahoma, Scott met his wife when they became pen-pals while he was serving in the Gulf War in 1990-91. After the war, he moved to the Twin Cities to be with her. Two children, ages 9 and 15.

“I’m not looking for my first chief’s job; I’m looking for my last chief’s job. I’m here to make this my home.”

Experience: Almost 25 years in law enforcement, the past 17 with Apple Valley police. Currently a captain in charge of patrol operations. Oversees patrol and community service officers and a large portion of the budget. “I keep a good accountability of the dollars we spend, making sure we’re not going over and making sure we’re getting what we need for the right dollar. There’s always a deal to be made.”

Challenges: “In Rosemount here, it’s going to be a great time. Rosemount is in an upward climb. You can grow with the city. The biggest issue is always going to be making sure you meet the residents’ needs, making sure they get the services they deserve.

“You have to be a proactive person rather than a reactive person.” For example, “if the retail grows, do you plan on getting a retail officer? If the housing grows, do you plan on getting a neighborhood collaboration officer?”

Priorities: “My priority would be to work within the community. I think you need to build good relationships, so when times become tough and you have to make tough decisions, the community is behind you 100 percent. I think sometimes chiefs fail at that became they don’t have that relationship with the community and they become reactive rather than proactive.

“Fortunately for me, since I am in Apple Valley, I have already built those relationships. I am confident that if I have any questions, I can reach out, and I’m comfortable doing that.”

Plans: “I think I really just need to plan for the future. [Werner] has made some good changes, I just need to build upon them now.

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