Finalists named in search for new Rochester police chief

Community forum with candidates scheduled.

Posted: Mar. 29, 2018 11:58 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Three finalists have been selected in the search for Rochester’s next police chief.

They are:

Lieutenant Roy Alston, PhD, the Investigations Unit and Community Engagement Unit Commander of the Northeast Patrol Division in Dallas, Texas.

Mark Elliot, Police Chief for the city of Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Captain James Franklin, West Command Division of the Metropolitan Transit Police in Minneapolis.

Chief Roger Peterson announced his plans to retire last in 2017 and a search for his replacement began. Rochester city officials say they narrowed things down to a dozen top semi-finalists in February and a panel made up of Mayor Ardell Brede, a member of the Police Civil Service Commission, a City Council member, City Administrator Steve Rymer, a community member, and the city’s Human Resource Director met with each semi-finalist and selected the final three candidates.

A community forum with the finalists is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mayo Civic Center in Suites 102 and 103 on the main level.

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