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Posted on: February 28, 2022

Golden Valley Narrows Police Chief Finalists To Two

The City of Golden Valley will interview two finalists for its open police chief position. Virgil Green and Scott Nadeau will meet with City Manager Tim Cruikshank and Deputy City Manager/Human Resources Director Kirsten Santelices Monday, March 7.

“I’m grateful for the quality of candidates the City received, and we’re looking forward to learning more about the two finalists before making a final decision,” said Cruikshank.

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.

Candidates for the position were recruited nationwide by the City’s police chief search consultant, America's Best Strategic Security Group. Five candidates interviewed Friday, Feb 18 with four different interview panels comprised of City staff, council members, commissioners, and community members, who advanced three to the final stage.

Finalists John Franklin, Virgil Green, and Scott Nadeau met with community members at a Feb 24 open house, then participated in a panel interview Friday, Feb 25 with representatives from City administration, City Council, and the City’s Police Employment, Accountability, & Community Engagement (PEACE) Commission.

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