Lakeville selects internal candidate to serve as interim police chief

Kornmann is a 17-year veteran of the department

A 17-year veteran of the Lakeville police force has been selected to serve as the interim chief.

City Administrator Steve Mielke said Sgt. John Kornmann will lead the department following the retirement of Chief Tom Vonhof on Sept. 30.

Kornmann, a patrol sergeant who is the department’s most senior sergeant, will coordinate the work of the department and work closely with the three division captains, Mielke said.

“Sgt. Kornmann is well versed in the policies and procedures of the department and has a working knowledge of all the functions of the department,” Mielke said in an email to Sun Thisweek.

He said Kornmann will serve as the interim chief until a new chief is hired and assumes his duties.

Kornmann will not be considered as a candidate for the permanent position, Mielke said.

“It was decided that the interim chief should not be a candidate so as to allow all internal candidates to apply on an equal basis,” Mielke said.

He said the department’s three police captains declined to apply for the interim position after learning the interim would not be considered for the chief position.

“That does not necessarily mean they will all apply for chief,” Mielke said. “It just means that they declined to serve as interim.”

Vonhof announced his retirement in July, and has served 33 years on the Lakeville police Department. He has served in every position in the department and was named chief in 2006.