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Awards & Recognition

Public works professionals receive awards

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association recently honored four public works professionals with awards.

Jary Lee, Engineer III with the City of St. Paul, was the winner in the Public Works Employee category. Linda Mullen, Utilities Superintendent with the City of Burnsville, was the winner in the Superintendent/Supervisor category. And John Olson, public works manager with the City of Hutchinson, was the winner in the Public Works Manager/Director category.

Kristin Asher, director of public works with the City of Richfield, was awarded the Hugo G. Erickson Award in recognition of her many years of outstanding service to the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

These individuals were selected based on exemplary public service within their respective communities by a panel of their peers in a 2020 statewide call for nominations. Russ Matthys, director of Public Works for the City of Eagan and president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association, noted that public works officials often perform their public service duties quietly and without public recognition.

Staff News

Promotions for Roseville police officers and firefighters

Joe Adams has been named Roseville’s new deputy chief of police. Adams replaces Erika Scheider, who was recently promoted to police chief. Adams is a 13-year Roseville Police Department veteran who has served as a lieutenant since 2018. In addition to Adams’ promotion, Sgt. Jenn Engh has been promoted to lieutenant of investigations and Sgt. Travis Steinberg has been promoted to lieutenant of patrol.

Adams will oversee community services officers and public information officer responsibilities. He will also oversee police administrative services and the community relations coordinator.

Deputy Chief Adams has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Police Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.

Adams began working as a Roseville police officer in March 2007. He worked as a patrol officer from 2007 to 2013, and from 2013 to 2015, he served as the street crimes impact officer. In 2015, Adams became patrol sergeant and was promoted to lieutenant of patrol in 2018. Adams has been a member of the East Metro SWAT and the Ramsey County SWAT. He served as the commander for both units, and he has also been a firearms instructor and served as the city liaison for several human trafficking task forces.

Also in Roseville, the Fire Department has announced the promotion of three firefighters to the position of lieutenant – Dan Concha, Ted Larson, and Josh Waylander. The position of lieutenant is a new position going into 2021 that will be integral in the future operations of the department. It is a supervisory role that will take on a significant part of the day-to-day shift leadership in the Fire Department.

“These are new and exciting positions for the Roseville Fire Department,” said Assistant Fire Chief David Brosnahan. “(The lieutenants) will play a pivotal leadership role in our day-to-day operations and response. All three of these new lieutenants are well-qualified to take on this role and have a unique and exciting opportunity ahead of them.”