Lakeville names police chief finalists

Chief to be appointed by mid-January

Lakeville has selected three finalists out of the 28 initial applicants to become the city’s police chief.

The finalists are Nathan R. Gove, commander with the Golden Valley Police Department; Jeffrey R. Long, Edina’s police chief and Brian P. Peters, a commander with the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

Gove has been with Golden Valley for 20 of his 28-year law enforcement career and oversees a staff of 39.

He has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Gustavus Adolphus and a master’s degree in Public Safety Education & Administration from St. Thomas University.

Long has a staff that includes 51 sworn officers and 24 non-sworn staff.

He has 25 years of experience in law enforcement and has served as Emergency Management Coordinator for Edina and is past chairperson for the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force Advisory Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement from Metropolitan State University.

Peters, a former member of the Marine Corp reserves, has spent a decade in law enforcement experience in addition to eight years in management in the private sector.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and has just completed his master’s degree in Police Leadership from St. Thomas University.

All three candidates worked their way up in their respective departments, holding numerous positions of increasing responsibility and have attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.

The finalists will undergo additional testing and interviews.

Lakeville City Administrator Steve Mielke hopes to have a final decision by mid-December, with an expectation that the new Chief would be sworn in by mid-January.

Former Chief Tom Vonhof retired on Sept. 30.