Maplewood selects new director of public safety

On June 28, Maplewood announced that Scott Nadeau, the current police chief of Columbia Heights, was hired as the city’s next director of public safety. Nadeau will replace Paul Schnell, who retired June 9.

Maplewood’s director of public safety serves as the police chief and oversees the fire and emergency medical services departments.

Nadeau is expected to begin his new position on Aug. 7.

 “It was a really tough decision,” City Manager Melinda Coleman said in a statement. “Our three finalists were all excellent candidates, and each has a long and distinguished law enforcement career.”

A Maplewood press release states that during the hiring process, Nadeau was consistently ranked the highest in scoring.

“He’ll be able to continue the many advances that have happened recently in our department, but will also be able to bring his own energy and vision,” Coleman explained. 

 “Maplewood is an exceptional community that works hard to serve its citizens in a way that is progressive, a model of best practice, and is centered on citizen engagement,” Nadeau said in a statement. “Just being a part of the hiring process, I was impressed by the level of citizen involvement and how the city is so inclusive in decisions that affect the community.”

Nadeau has been Columbia Heights’s chief since May of 2008. Prior to that, he worked in Brooklyn Center as a commander, sergeant, detective and officer. His career in Brooklyn Center began in 1987.

Nadeau added, “I look forward to helping lead [Maplewood’s] professional and dedicated public safety departments as we partner with our community and other stakeholders to ensure that we are a part of the great things happening in the city, and to ensure that Maplewood continues to be a safe, connected, and vibrant place to live, work, learn and enjoy.” 


Aundrea Kinney

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