May 4, 2022 - News

St. Paul mayor names new interim police chief

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Jeremy Ellison. Photo courtesy of the City of St. Paul

St. Paul Police Department deputy chief Jeremy Ellison will lead the department while city leaders search for a permanent successor to outgoing chief Todd Axtell, Mayor Melvin Carter announced Wednesday.

Bio, in brief: Ellison has worked a range of roles since joining the department in 1999, including park ranger, patrol officer and investigator.

What they're saying: Axtell, who announced his retirement plans last fall, praised Ellison for his "utmost integrity, compassion and humility" in a statement released by the city.

  • "He is a natural leader," he said. "Our department is in good hands."

What's next: Ellison will take the helm on June 1.

  • A committee tasked with reviewing applicants for the role is expected to name its finalists in the coming weeks.
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