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Posted on: February 21, 2022

Golden Valley Names Three Finalists For Police Chief Position

The candidate pool for the City of Golden Valley’s police chief position was narrowed from five to three after a day of interviewing Friday, Feb 18. John Franklin, Virgil Green, and Scott Nadeau will advance to the final panel interview Friday, Feb 25 after attending a public open house Thursday, Feb 24 to meet community members.

The Feb 24 Police Chief Finalist Open House will be 5–7 pm in the Bassett Creek Room at Brookview Golden Valley, 316 Brookview Parkway S. The City invites all community members to attend and meet each of the finalists.

John Franklin began his career with the Chicago Police Department more than 30 years ago, rising through the ranks of patrolman, sergeant, lieutenant, and commander. He retired after 28 years and began working as adjunct professor of criminal justice at Daley College, teaching and mentoring students interested in law enforcement careers. He later spent two years as police chief of Dolton, Illinois and 18 months as police chief for Jacksonville, Arkansas. Franklin holds a bachelor's degree in speech/media communications from Northeastern Illinois University and a master's degree in social and criminal Justice from Lewis University. Read John Franklin's complete bio. Read John Franklin's resume.

Virgil Green’s 38-year law enforcement career started with the Lea County Sheriff’s Department in Lovington, New Mexico and includes time as a patrol officer with the Oklahoma City Housing Authority Enforcement Division and as police chief with the jurisdictions of Boley, Oklahoma; Spencer, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City; and Helena West Helena, Arkansas. In 2018 he became the deputy police chief/major for the Tulsa, Oklahoma school district’s campus police department. Green has a bachelor's degree in police administration from the American Military University. Read Virgil Green's complete bio. Read Virgil Green's resume.

Scott Nadeau began his 34-year law enforcement career as a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. He also served the Brooklyn Center Police Department as a detective, sergeant, and commander before being named the police chief of Columbia Heights, Minnesota in 2008 and the police chief/public safety director of Maplewood, Minnesota in 2017. He retired in 2021 and became Golden Valley’s interim police chief that September. Since 2003, Nadeau has also instructed college and university classes on a variety of topics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and a master’s degree in public administration from Metropolitan State University. Read Scott Nadeau's complete bio. Read Scott Nadeau's resume.

The three finalists were selected by four different interview panels comprised of City staff, council members, commissioners, and community members. The City’s police chief search consultant, America's Best Strategic Security Group, recruited candidates nationwide.

For questions regarding the police chief hiring process and the Feb 24 open house, please contact the City at 763-593-3991.

 

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