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New Police Chief Selected to Lead Rosemount Force

Burnsville Police Capt. Eric Werner is the Rosemount City Council's top choice for the police chief position, which has been vacant since Gary Kalstabakken resigned in May.

Rosemount soon should have a new top cop.

After final interviews on Monday, the Rosemount City Council chose Eric Werner—a captain with the Burnsville Police Department and a Rosemount resident—to take the position, according to an article from the Rosemount TownPages. Werner beat out for the spot:  Capt. Michael Marben, and Rosemount Police Lt. and Interim Chief Jewel Ericson.

The decision comes after a , which included two community panels, multiple interviews and an open house with residents. Rosemount began looking for a new chief after former Chief Gary Kalstabakken .

“I think he is articulate. He has a great resume. He is probably in the best position to lead this department for the next five, 10, 15 years,” council member Matt Kearney said of Werner, according to the TownPages.

Werner's appointment to the Rosemount police chief position could be official as soon as the council’s Aug. 21 meeting. Read more about the council's decision and about Werner from the Rosemount TownPages.

Werner's possible departure from Burnsville comes at a time of great change for his current Burnsville Police Department. This month, Burnsville Police Chief Bob Hawkins . Werner and fellow Capt. Eric Gieseke were named as possible successors.

On Tuesday, Hawkins told Patch that Werner is "phenomenal" and would do a great job in Rosemount.

"[Werner] is very well-rounded," Hawkins said. "He understands the need for enforcement, putting bad guys in jail—the traditional view—but he also truly understands the need to engage the public. We rely on those 60,000 eyes and ears in the community to keep Burnsville safe and he was exceptional at establishing that trust."

David C. Couper August 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Ask your new chief to affirm the qualities necessary for police in our society to hold and practice at: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/policing-our-nation.html. Also visit my blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com. (Those qualities are: Accountable, Collaborative, Educated and trained, Effective and preventive, Honest, Model citizen, Peacekeeper and protector, Representative, Respectful, Restrained, Servant leader, and Unbiased.) There is a new book out that may be helpful in thinking about ways in which we can improve: “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” (Amazon.com US and EU).

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