After serving with the Bloomington Police Department nearly 30 years, including 12 years leading the department, Chief Jeff Potts retired on January 31.
Chief Potts started with BPD as a patrol officer when he was 23 years old. He later established BPD’s branch base at Mall of America and served as a sergeant and commander. At the time of his promotion, he was the first chief to come from within the department in 35 years.
“Serving at the Bloomington Police Department for the past 29 years has truly been an honor and a privilege and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve as police chief for the past 12 years,” he said.
While leading the BPD, Chief Potts has had many notable accomplishments. They include: the Pathways to Policing program, the Joint Community Police Partnership, the Mulitcultural Advisory Committee, body-worn and squad car cameras, robust community engagement, efforts toward equity in policing, an embedded social worker program, and directing the department’s response to many national events like the Super Bowl in 2019 and presidential visits.
“Chief Potts’ commitment to professional standards, innovative thinking, and community relations has been invaluable to the City Council and to me. We wish him well in his future pursuits,” City Manager Jamie Verbrugge said.