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Mitchell Scott named police chief

Apple Valley police captain Mitchell Scott has been named the new chief of the Rosemount Police Department. Scott received unanimous support from the three city council members who voted on the matter at Tuesday night’s meeting. Mark DeBettignies and Kim Shoe-Corrigan were absent. 

Scott will take over the department sometime in late August. 

City administrator Dwight Johnson said Scott will receive a salary of $107,675. 

Council member Jeff Weisensel said he was impressed by all three finalist but that Scott stood out just a little more. He added that he believes Rosemount will be well served by Scott's skillset and leadership abilities.

Scott has worked for the Apple Valley Police Department for 18 years. According to a press release from the city, he started as a patrol officer in the department and received several promotions.  He has supervised up to 48 personnel and has management, budgeting, and operational experience.

He's also served with the United States Air Force and served in the Gulf War.  Johnson said he received several commendations and achievement medals for his service.

Scott has a master of arts degree in organizational management from Concordia University, St. Paul, and additional degrees in business management and law enforcement from Kaplan University, Des Moines, Iowa, and Inver Hills Community College.  He also has several certifications from professional programs, including a program for law enforcement executive development conducted by the FBI and a three-month police command course at Northwestern University, according to the city.

The city’s other two finalists were Dakota County Sheriff Sgt. Richard Schroeder, the city’s current fire chief, and Mark Elliott, a commander with the Bloomington Police Department. In all, the city received 17 applications for the police chief position. On June 26, a panel interviewed seven candidates and narrowed the field to three.

On July 8, the city offered the public a chance to meet each of the finalist and provide written comment. Afterwards, the council interviewed each of the candidates individually. Background checks conducted came back clear and Johnson said Scott was highly recommended in that process.

Scott replaces Eric Werner, who left the city to take the police chief’s job in Maple Grove. Sgt. Bryan Burkhalter has served as the interim police chief.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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