City of Golden Valley Announces Retirement Of Police Chief Stacy Carlson, Appointment Of New Chief Jason Sturgis

The City of Golden Valley announced last week that Golden Valley Police Chief Stacy Carlson will retire Dec 31, 2015 and will be succeeded by current Police Commander Jason Sturgis, who will take the helm Jan 1, 2016.

After Carlson announced her intention to retire, City Manager Tim Cruikshank conducted an interview process that included input from the City Council and community representatives and which resulted in the appointment of Sturgis to the City’s top law enforcement post.

Carlson served Golden Valley as police chief for eight years, coming to the City after serving 20 years in various positions in the Minneapolis Police Department. She said she was offered a great opportunity at a time when she was ready for a new challenge: “I think the timing is right for me to pass the baton.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of what we as a team achieved in the last eight years, including a high level of community outreach and progressive policing,” said Carlson. “Our department has a lot of leaders and is well poised to continue delivering the best possible police services well into the future.”

Carlson also expressed gratitude for “the tremendous support the community shows the police department.”

“I’ll treasure my experience in the great community of Golden Valley,” she added.

Sturgis joined the Golden Valley Police Department in 2004, starting as a patrol officer and serving as a firearms and use of force instructor, field training officer, and a member of both the West Metro SWAT Team and the Hennepin County Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Team. In 2009 he was promoted to patrol sergeant, and in 2012 he was appointed detective sergeant. He was promoted to patrol lieutenant in 2012 and to police commander in 2014.

Before coming to Golden Valley, Sturgis was a patrol officer with the Minneapolis Police Department from 1996-2004. He served as an infantryman in the US Army from 1992-1995, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. He holds a BA in business administration from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, IA, a MA in criminal justice leadership from Concordia University in St Paul, MN, and recently completed the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.


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