Setter to Develop New Role Dedicated to Mental Health and First Responders

(Jan 13, 2020–St. Paul, MN) The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust has hired Lora Setter to fill a newly created public safety program coordinator position. This position will focus on working with public safety groups, treatment professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders to promote research, awareness, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of PTSD as it relates to emergency responders.

“Minnesota’s public safety professionals are there for our communities every day. Our goal is to make sure they have the resources and support they need to continue to provide these essential services,” said Trust Administrator Dan Greensweig. “Setter’s experience and expertise will help us accomplish that.”

The creation of the position is in response to member engagement and claims data indicating that a focus on mental health will help cities maintain high-quality public safety services. As a self-insured membership cooperative serving nearly 830 member cities and hundreds of other related entities, the Trust has a unique perspective on the policy issues related to emergency responder health and wellness.

In addition, the Trust’s partnership with the League of Minnesota Cities offers member cities access to a wide variety of other services important to this effort, such as human resources, communications, and training support. Over the past several years, the League and the Trust have facilitated panel discussions around the state on ways elected officials can support emergency responders within their communities, offered training for public safety personnel on recognizing and addressing mental health challenges, developed and distributed information designed to destigmatize mental health issues, and more.

“We are hearing from our members that health and safety of the public and their first responders is a major priority,” said Trust Board Chair D. Love, Centerville city councilmember. “Aligning with our values, we felt a need to respond, build further expertise, and provide leadership on this risk issue in an effort to assist our members with new approaches.”

Setter’s career began as a police officer with the city of Minnetonka where she was promoted to sergeant and lieutenant. She then went on to work in assets protection for Target Corporation. She taught in both undergraduate and graduate programs at Saint Mary’s University where she became program director, and taught leadership and management in the Police Staff and Command Program at Northwestern University’s School of Public Safety in Evanston, Illinois. Most recently she served as the executive director for the True North Constitutional Policing e-learning program.

She received her associate degree in law enforcement from Minneapolis Community College, a bachelor’s degree in human resources development from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s in public safety administration from the University of St. Thomas. She is a graduate of the 195th session of the FBI National Academy.