Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott has notified the City that he will retire to accept a position in the private sector.
Chief Scott will leave the Rosemount Police Department effective February 28.
In his letter notifying the City of his plans, Chief Scott wrote, “I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to work with the Rosemount Police Department for the past four and half years. It has been the highlight of my police career and one that I will cherish for years to come.”
“Rosemount is a growing, thriving community, and this Police Department has worked hard to earn respect and will always stand ready to serve,” Chief Scott wrote. “I expect the best is yet to come for this City.”
The Rosemount City Council appointed Scott to lead the Police Department in July 2014. He came to Rosemount after service as a Captain of the Apple Valley Department. He has worked in civilian and military law enforcement for 32 years, including his service in the U.S. Air Force.
In his time leading the Rosemount Department, Chief Scott worked on several initiatives to investigate reported crimes and to prevent other violations. He also promoted a focus on increased community interaction with the Police Department, modernization of internal processes, and helped lead an analysis of the need for new municipal facilities to respond to Rosemount’s growth.
The Chief also supervised efforts to update badges and other symbols of the Department to emphasize its professionalism and service to the community.
During his tenure, Rosemount was cited in several rankings as one of the safest communities in Minnesota. In a community survey last summer, 92 percent of respondents graded police service in Rosemount as excellent or good, a level higher than national benchmarks for satisfaction with law enforcement.
“Chief Scott has been a steady and positive leader for our Police Department,” said Rosemount City Administrator Logan Martin, “and his service to this community is much appreciated. His emphasis on creating a culture of ‘family’ within the Department has had a very positive impact for this otherwise challenging career. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
The City Council will discuss the process it will follow to select a new Chief during an upcoming work session. During the search process, Rosemount Police Commander Mikael Dahlstrom will serve as the interim Chief of the Department.