New Brighton public safety director Jacobson set to retire

After more than three decades of service, New Brighton public safety director Bob Jacobson submitted his notice June 24 and announced his upcoming retirement. 

Jacobson has served New Brighton in many capacities over his 33-year career in the city’s Public Safety Department. He was a police officer, a lieutenant, police chief and for the last 16 years he served as the director of the entire department. 

While many cities have separate departments for various safety divisions, New Brighton is unique in that the Public Safety Department is comprised of police services, fire services, and emergency management all under one director. 

“Jacobson offered strong visionary leadership overseeing the creation of the department and provided a steady hand for more than 15 years while this innovative departmental model went from crawling to walking to running,” the city said in a statement. “New Brighton’s award-winning department has built strong connections with the community and partnering agencies. Director Jacobson is well known in the New Brighton community and will be missed by many,” the statement continued.

Jacobson’s last day of employment will be July 13, 2016.

Deputy director Tony Paetznick has been appointed the acting director, which will go into effect after Jacobson retires.

Paetznick is a long-time New Brighton resident and has served as a reserve officer, a police officer, and as the deputy director for six years now.

“[Jacobson] is known for his great personality and strong leadership,” New Brighton city manager Dean Lotter said. “He has so many connections with the New Brighton community after serving for nearly 33 years. He will be missed.” 


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