New Top Cop: Owatonna Names Next Police Chief
After a comprehensive search and selection process, the City of Owatonna is going with an internal promotion for its new Police Chief. Captain Jeff Mundale will assume the role on July 1 upon the retirement of current Police Chief Keith Hiller on June 30.
In a news release City Administrator Kris Busse states, "We are excited to see Jeff transition into this role as he continues advancing law enforcement and public safety through partnerships, problem-solving, teamwork, and community engagement."
Mundale has a Bachelors' Degree in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University in Mankato and is currently enrolled through the University of Virginia in pursuing a Masters' Degree in Public Safety.
He has served as a Patrol Commander, Sergeant and Patrol Officer in the Owatonna department. Mundale recently took the FBI National Academy leadership program. He has also completed FBI Leadership Institute, FEMA Healthcare Leadership, and Leadership Owatonna, among others programs.
Hiller says, "We are excited about the upcoming Captain and Sergeant promotions because of Captain Mundale's promotion which will retain a legacy of knowledge and position the department well for years to come."
"Jeff has an unwavering commitment to the citizens of Owatonna and serves with pride, compassion, and integrity. His education, training, experience, and the relationships he has established within our community have prepared him to succeed as our next Police Chief. The City of Owatonna is fortunate to have an individual like Jeff to lead the Owatonna Police Department," Hiller added.
The city advertised the position locally, statewide, and nationwide. "The selection process included two rounds of interviews in April with panel members consisting of representatives of the City Council, City leadership, community leaders, and a neighboring law enforcement department," according to the news release.