He marked his final day Jan. 16 looking out over the Edina Country Club, preparing for his new job as Lakeville's police chief.
"I wanted to let anyone reading this know how honored I have been to be the Chief of Police in Edina," he wrote on Jan. 13. "I gave this job my all and although you may not have agreed with each decision, I always did my best."
In a blog post, city manager Scott Neal praised Long's "broad continuum of experiences" and his talent for digital communication. He's served as a community service officer, patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, deputy chief and—since 2012—police chief.
"He has the ability to share perspective with almost anyone in the department because, at one time or another, he’s done everything in the department," Neal wrote. "One aspect of being Chief that Jeff has excelled at is his ability to communicate with his coworkers and with the outside world."
Deputy Police Chief Dave Nelson, who will serve as interim chief while the city determines whether to conduct an internal or external search for the department’s new leader.
In a parting message to Edina, Long singled out five residents for praise: