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Police Chief James DeMann Announces Retirement

Three Decades of Service and a Legacy of Dedication

Post Date:August 22, 2018

Police Chief James DeMannOn Jan. 4, 1987, Police Chief James DeMann was sworn in as an Eden Prairie Police Officer and took an oath that he has upheld for more than three decades of service to this community.

“I worked hard throughout my career and took the oath to protect and serve seriously, not only for our citizens, but also for those I led.” said DeMann. “Police officers and those who support them have extremely difficult jobs, and I want every one of them to know that what they do every day matters.”

After a promotion to deputy chief in 2010, DeMann was called upon to serve as the sixth chief of police for the City of Eden Prairie on July 1, 2016.

“The law enforcement profession attracts incredible people and I feel fortunate to have worked as a patrol officer, SWAT team member, K-9 officer and investigator, as well as in the positions I’ve held at the administration level,” said DeMann. “The individuals I’ve worked with in this Department made me a better cop and more importantly, a better person – serving this community has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

Now, after two years of service and dedication as chief of police, DeMann prepares to leave the Department where he spent his entire career.

“The future of the Department is bright and I am confident it will continue to provide service beyond this community’s expectations while protecting and serving our citizens,” reflects DeMann. “I will always speak of all the good these men and women do and I will enthusiastically cheer for their continued success.”

Thanks for your service, Chief DeMann. You have fulfilled your oath to the people of Eden Prairie. You leave a legacy of dedication with the Eden Prairie Police Department as you sign off for the final time Sept. 28, 2018.

A Message from the City Manager

The Eden Prairie Police Department has always placed a strong emphasis on preparing for change and developing future leaders. Therefore, as Chief James DeMann retires Sept. 28, Deputy Chief Greg Weber will become Chief of Police on Sept. 29, 2018.

We are thankful for the distinction with which Chief DeMann has served the Police Department and the Eden Prairie community over his 31-year career, and we wish him well in his retirement.

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