North Mankato has hired a new Police Chief to replace Chris Boyer who retired earlier this year after 18-years with the department.

With 22-years of experience in law enforcement, Ross Gullickson has been selected for the position and will begin on August 6.

“Today isn’t about me. It’s about the team. It’s about the team of the North Mankato Police Department, it’s about the community that we serve. It’s important to me that as the Police Chief we maintain that high level of responsive, customized police service that the citizens and stakeholders, business, schools have come to expect here in North Mankato.”

Gullickson graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and obtained a Master’s Degree in Police Leadership, Administration and Education at the University of St. Thomas. His career started across the river as a reserve and part-time Police Officer with the Mankato Department of Public Safety.”

“Went to work for the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, which is kind of my home area, the Red River Valley. Then down to Carver County Sheriff’s Office where I served as a patrol officer and also as a sergeant overseeing law enforcement operations for the City of Chanhassen. Then most recently, second in command of Three Rivers Park District in the Twin Cities.”

Approximately 24 people applied for the position and Gullickson was one of five finalists for Police Chief. A panel of North Mankato City Department leaders, citizens and City Administrator John Harrenstein interviewed the candidates.

“This is gonna be a fun time and I’ll be looking to meet many different people in the community and the department. That’s my first order of business.”

The North Mankato Police Department is made up of 14 officers and responded to over 7-thousand calls in 2017.

New North Mankato Police Chief Ross Gullickson stands at the podium on Friday to speak to the crowd in the Council Chambers.