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Edina Police Chief Jeff Long One of Three Finalists for Lakeville Job

Long's been downplaying the job opportunity on social media, joking, "Where's Lakeville?" on Twitter.

Jeff Long. Credit: City of Edina.
Jeff Long. Credit: City of Edina.
Edina Police Chief Jeff Long, a 20-year veteran of the department, is one of three finalists for Lakeville Police Chief.

"It would not be appropriate to publicly discuss the process at this point," Long said in November, after being named a semifinalist for the position

The Lakeville position has been open since former Lakeville Police Chief Thomas Vonhof retired at the end of September. 

Lakeville City Administrator Steve Mielke told Sun Thisweek that he hopes to name Vonhof's successor by mid-December. Lakeville's new chief will be sworn in by mid-January.

Long's been downplaying the job opportunity on social media. Long responded on Wednesday to a Twitter user who complained that a 68-minute commute to Lakeville made her want to "punch winter in the throat."

"Where's Lakeville? Ha ha," he wrote. "Turn on the music, deep breaths and don't punch winter quite yet!"

Compensation will likely not be a major factor in Long's decision. The current Lakeville police chief receives $130,027 per year; Long's Edina salary is set at $129,958.

Mike B. December 12, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Why anyone would want to move, work, or visit Lakeville is beyond me. There is a big truck stop there, and not much else.

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