|11/29/2021 12:19:00 PM|
Wyoming to welcome new chief later this month
The City of Wyoming plans on having the new Public Safety Director and Chief of Police start December 20. Neil Bauer, from Woodbury Police, will succeed Paul Hoppe, who retires from Wyoming as of January 1, 2022. Hoppe took the reins in Wyoming in 2009.
Sergeant Bauer accepted the job offer after it was approved unanimously by city council this month, according to City Administrator Robb Linwood.
Bauer also served as a paramedic in his public career, which the Wyoming hiring panel viewed as a huge plus, considering Wyoming has a blended “public safety” department with fire, first responder and law enforcement operations in one structure.
Sgt. Bauer is also an instructor with the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and has advanced degrees.
There will be a transition period through the end of December, which Chief Hoppe described for the city council at the November meeting. Hoppe said the two will focus on the nuances of administrative processing and duties including expenditures, payroll, budgeting, and he will do key stakeholder introductions around the community and with other law enforcement agencies.
The Wyoming Police Department is in the midst of a state POST Board directed audit, which is done every three to five years in Minnesota. This is good timing according to what Hoppe told the council, as it creates a “clear transition point” for where the department is currently and identifying any future goals and outcomes.
The contract terms include a six month probationary period for Bauer at a starting wage of $59.30 per hour.
Council heard there were six applicants. Five did initial interviews and two finalists were subjected to hours of leadership and management assessment as well as a simulated presser opportunity and spent a half-day with the city administrator.