ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s new top cop comes from a suburban police department — and for the first time the job will be held by a woman.

Gov. Mark Dayton chose Maple Grove police chief Ramona Dohman on Friday as commissioner of his Department of Public Safety.

The agency oversees the State Patrol, crime lab and emergency preparedness. It also handles driver’s licensing and vehicle registration.

Dohman has been Maple Grove police chief since 2001, but has been in the department since 1984. She is a former head of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and has worked as a patrol officer in Marshall and Glencoe.

Dohman says public safety is “primary” for Dayton as he proposes a budget next month to erase a $6.2 billion deficit.

“The governor has said that public safety is paramount and primary in his mission and in his goals,” she said.

Dohman has served on the state Police Officer Standards and Training Board as an appointee of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who made her board chairwoman last June.

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Comments (4)
  1. Todd says:

    Good choice. I thought that it was good that Gov. Pawlenty chose her for POST, and I am glad Gov. Dayton has also.

  2. Tom says:

    yes he is a cross dresser and he likes it !!!!!

  3. George says:

    II think both of you guys need to un-cross your eyes and get a life!

  4. Todd says:

    I find it rather annoying on this site to read so many unproductive and rude comments made by those such as George and Tom who by their words reveal how difficult it is for those with severe hypogenitalism to communicate any worthwhile contribution.

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