Bloomington Police Chiefs

More than fifty years of leadership


Jeff Potts has been Chief of Police for the Bloomington Police Department since November 3, 2008. 

Chief Potts holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia College, and a Master of Arts Degree in Police Administration from the University of St. Thomas.  He is also graduate of the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Chief Potts is a 21 year veteran of the Bloomington force.  He began his career as a patrol officer in 1991.  Later he spent 4 years in the Special Investigations Unit; where he worked undercover as a detective investigating narcotics and other vice-type criminal activity.  When the Mall of America added a Bloomington Police Department satellite unit in 2002, then “Sergeant” Potts supervised the highly visible MOA Retail Crime Unit.  His vision encouraged strong bonds between the BPD, mall security and store employees and managers.  Those efforts continue to pay off today as the BPD and the Mall of America security work closely to promote a safe, enjoyable environment for shoppers and employees of the MOA.  Prior to being appointed as Chief of Police he served as the Commander of Patrol Operations, where he oversaw the uniformed patrol activities of 56 officers and 10 sergeants. 


Bloomington Police Chiefs
1953 - present

  Jeff Potts portrait

Police Chief
Jeff Potts
2008 - present

John Laux portrait

Police Chief
John Laux
2003 - 2008

  Roger Willow portrait

Police Chief
Roger Willow
1998 - 2002

  Robert Lutz portrait

Police Chief
Robert Lutz
1988 - 1998

Jerry Putman portrait

Police Chief
Jerry Putman
1978 - 1988

  James Brekken portrait

Police Chief
James Brekken
1973 - 1977

  Paul Martz portrait

Police Chief
Paul Martz
1970 - 1972

Clarence Coster portrait

Police Chief
Clarence Coster
1967 - 1970

  Elmer Hart portrait

Police Chief
Elmer Hart
1959 - 1966

  Clay Nord portrait

Police Chief
Clay Nord
1953 - 1959

For more information, contact:

Bloomington Police Department
1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington MN 55431-3027
PH: 952-563-4900, FAX: 952-563-4936


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