Lakeville police chief announces retirement

Vonhof was with department 33 years

Lakeville police Chief Tom Vonhof will retire Oct. 1, and the City Council will move quickly to find his replacement.

A 33-year veteran of the department, Vonhof has served as chief since 2006 and began his law enforcement career as a Lakeville police officer in 1980.

Over the years, he has served in numerous positions in the department, working undercover narcotics investigator, a field trainer and also hosted the department’s cable television show.

During his tenure as chief, Vonhof was involved with the planning and construction of the new police station and led numerous public safety initiatives including Pure Performance, a drug and alcohol prevention program implemented at the high schools.

Vonhof also led Lakeville Heart Restart, a community-wide CPR training program.

In a news release, Vonhof said he feels fortunate to have been in the city during its tremendous growth.            “When I started, the city had only fifteen police officers,” Vonhof said. “Today, the department has sixty-nine dedicated sworn and support staff serving the residents of Lakeville. I have always felt it has been a privilege to serve my community as a police officer.  It has been an incredible honor for me to have had the opportunity to serve Lakeville and lead this department as the police chief.”

City Administrator Steve Mielke said Vonhof has been a leader and mentor to those in his department and peers in the city.

“His many connections in the law enforcement community have helped our department continue to be a leader in law enforcement.” Mielke said. “He will be greatly missed.”

No details were given regarding the process to fill the chief’s position.