Park Police chief dies after 34-year career
- Blog Post by: Eric Roper
- February 21, 2013 - 10:03 PM
Minneapolis Park Police Chief Linda Bergstrom, a 34-year veteran of the department who took over the top role three years ago, has died of "respiratory complications."
A spokeswoman for Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Dawn Sommers, said Bergstrom passed away "unexpectedly" on Tuesday. The board declined to elaborate further on the cause of death, in deference to a family request for privacy.
"For staff, it was very unexpected," Sommers said.
Bergstrom was surrounded by her family at the time of her death and a public memorial is being planned for later this spring, according to a board statement.
She joined the department in 1979 as a park patrol agent, eventually rising in ranks to sergeant, lieutenant and then director in 2010.
Lt. Jason Ohotto will assume the role of acting commender of the Park Police department.
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