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Three finalists will compete for chief position

The city of Rosemount has narrowed down its police chief finalists to three -- Jewel Ericson, Michael Marben and Eric Werner.

Residents can meet the finalist during an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at city hall. The Rosemount City Council will formally interview the three Aug. 6.

In all, 11 people applied for the position. On July 18 two panels conducted seven interviews and narrowed the field to three. The panels included representatives from the community, as well as city staff and the Eagan police chief.

The position opened when former police chief Gary Kalstabakken retired at the end of May. Kalstabakken led the department for 14 years.

Jewel Ericson

Lt. Jewel Ericson has served on the Rosemount Police Department for 27 years. He started when the department had only eight officers and has had a hand in the growth of the department to 22 officers.

"In doing so, I believe I have had a voice in where we have come from, where we are now and where we are going." said Ericson. "I am extremely proud of the city and of the police department."

Ericson, who is currently serving as the interim police chief, has moved up the ranks through the department. As part of the Rosemount Police Department he has served as a patrol officer, sergeant and most recently lieutenant.

Growing up, Ericson said he always had an interest in law enforcement. His grandfather and grandmother were a sheriff and deputy and they helped inspire his career choice. Ericson attended Mankato State University and was hired by Rosemount as a patrol officer out of school.

Ericson is a member of the Dakota County Drug Task Force and a member of the Dakota County Domestic Preparedness Committee. He has also received training from the Northwestern School of Public Safety.

"This is a great community with wonderful citizens and I would like the opportunity to continue this as the next chief of police," said Ericson.

Michael Marben

Captain Michael Marben has worked in law enforcement for 29 years. Currently he serves as a captain in the Apple Valley Police Department, where he commands the patrol division. Marben has also worked in Tracy, La Crescent, Prior Lake and for Metropolitan Transit.

"I chose a career in law enforcement because I believe I can make a positive difference in people's lives -- those in the community I serve, and the fellow officers with whom I serve," said Marben.

Marben has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota. In 2009, he earned a master's degree in public safety administration from St. Mary's University. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Chief Law Enforcement Officer command academy.

Marben said his experience in rural, urban and suburban departments positions him to leverage his background to continue Rosemount's strong policing reputation. He added that Rosemount's next chief must be forward thinking and deliver a high level of community-based policing services which meet the needs of residents while being cost effective and efficient.

"The Rosemount Police Department holds an outstanding reputation in the law enforcement community. I would be proud to work alongside this dedicated group of professionals," said Marben.

Eric Werner

Captain Eric Werner has 24 years law enforcement experience. Werner started his career in a suburb of Chicago and then moved to Perham. For the last 13 years he has worked for the Burnsville Police Department. Since 2004 he has served as a captain.

Werner lives in Rosemount with his family. He said Rosemount is a pleasant place to live and the police department is an important part of the reason why.

"I am very excited for this opportunity. Rosemount is a good community and I hope I get to be part of it," said Werner.

Werner has a bachelor of arts degree in organizational management and communication from Concordia University in St. Paul. He also has a master of arts in police leadership, education and administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Additional training he has acquired includes the FBI National Academy, the Northwestern Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command and the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.

As police chief Werner said he can use his experience to lead the department into the future.

"I want to make an impact in the community I care about," said Werner.

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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