Eric Werner - Chief of Police | Maple Grove Police Department
Candidate for Third Vice President


Why are you applying for a Board of Directors' position?:
I have been privileged to serve as a director for the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Board of Directors and on a number of the association's committees. My committee work includes the co-chair for the Executive Training Institute (ETI) Planning Committee, participation in the strategic planning committee, the Professional Development Committee, and the Legislative Committee. Additionally, I am an instructor for the CLEO and Command course. Through my work with the association, I have been privileged to contribute to a group of police professionals and first-class employees of the association to advance key policy initiatives and professional development during a time of unprecedented challenges for our membership. The key areas I am most proud of are: - Ensuring the highest quality training is provided at the annual ETI conference. - Introducing a legislative proposal to the legislative committee to increase funding from the Minnesota POST Board. - Building strong relationships with chiefs across the state to understand their needs. When first seeking election to the Board of Directors, I stated I believe my over two and a half decades of experience spanning a career beginning in the Chicago suburban area, to serving in rural Minnesota, and currently leading in the Twin Cities area has prepared me for the responsibilities of the Board of Directors. My diverse experience has given me an in-depth understanding of policing issues and concerns specifically in out-state Minnesota, the Metro area, and suburban policing in general. I understand and value teamwork, the value of including diverse and innovative ideas, and reaching solutions to meet the needs of many constituents. Finally, I am committed to high standards and passionate about a profession I am blessed to be a part of. Since then, I have proven myself as a committed, involved, and effective leader in our association. Through my proven track record with the association complimented by nearly three decades in the policing profession, I know I am prepared to meet the responsibilities and challenges of the 3rd Vice - President position.

If elected, what would be your priority for the Association?:
Overall, my first priority is to support the MCPA Board of Directors and Executive Director in implementing the association's Tactical Action Plan. My specific priorities of interest include: - The association's branding efforts in general and specifically to assist the membership with their recruiting efforts. - Continue the highest levels of training at ETI and throughout the year, while furthering electronic accessibility of training. - Ensure the membership understands and makes the best use of additional training funds from the Minnesota POST Board. - Ongoing development of peer connection between chiefs throughout Minnesota.

Describe your involvement with the MCPA or other professional law enforcement associations.:
Involvement with MCPA: Director, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Board of Directors, 2016 - present Executive Leadership Institute Planning Committee, 2013 - present Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Legislative Committee, 2015 - 2016 Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Professional Development Committee, 2015 - 2016 Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association CLEO Master Certification - 2014 Involvement with other professional law enforcement assocations: Minnesota Chief of Police Association Hennepin County Chiefs of Police Association FBI National Academy Associates International Association of Chiefs of Police Dakota County Chiefs of Police Association, 2004 - 2014

If elected, you are expected to sit on one of MCPA's key committies. Select which committee(s) on which you wish to serve::
Legislative Committee
ETI Planning Committee

Please list your background credentials: (Education, training, advisory positions):
Employment History: Chief of Police, Maple Grove Police Department, 2014 - present Chief of Police, Rosemount Police Department, 2012 - 2014 Police Captain, Burnsville Police Department, 2004 - 2012 Police Sergeant (Patrol and Community Resource Unit), Burnsville Police Department, 2000 - 2004 Twelve years of front-line police positions in Illinoins and Minnesota, 1988 - 2000 Education: Doctorate of Education in Leadership, initial courses, Saint Mary's University, Minneapolis, 2013. Master of Arts in Police Leadership & Administration, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, 2004 Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, Concordia University, St. Paul, 1998 Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, Triton College, River Grove, IL, 1988 Training: International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference, 2005, 2011, 2015, and 2017 Executive Training Institute, Minnesota Chiefs of Police, several years Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Command Academy, Minnesota Chiefs of Police, 2014 James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN, 2009 FBI National Academy, 231st Session, Quantico, VA, 2007 School of Police Staff and Command, Class 185, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2003 FBI National Academy Annual Refresher, 2010 Emergency Management Director Certification, Minnesota HSEM, currently attending (significant amount of course work completed). Professional Advisory Boards: President, Hennepin County Chiefs of Police Association, 2017 Alternate, MCPA Representation, Statewide Emergency Communications Board, 2016 - present Hennepin County Justice Integration Project (HJIP), 2015 - present Anoka Hennepin Violent Crime and Drug Task Force Advisory Board, 2014 - 2016 Chair, Dakota County Law Enforcement Agencies RMS JPA, 2013 - 2014 One Rosemount Community Leaders Group, 2012 - 2014 Dakota Communications Center, Operations Committee agency representative, 2007 - 2013 Criminal Justice Integrated Information Network Steering Committee (CJIIN), 2005 - 2013 Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Dakota County Drug Task Force, 2005 - 2010 1st Judicial District Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, 2001 - 2003 Dakota County Domestic Violence Task Force, 2001 - 2003 Volunteer Advisory Boards/Activities: Maple Grove Rotary Member, 2015 - present Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Congregation President, Rosemount, MN, 2009 - 2012 Board of Trustees, Lutheran High School, Bloomington, MN, 1999 - 2000 School Board Member and President, St. Paul Lutheran School, Perham, MN, 1995 - 1998 Hope For Tomorrow Boys Mentorship, Burnsville, MN, 2009

The election for MCPA's 2018-19 Board of Directors will take place at ETI on Tuesday, April 24th at 9:00 a.m. in the Lake Superior Ballroom immediately following the presentation on Fair and Impartial Policing.