Sheriff Kevin E. Torgerson’s Law Enforcement career began with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1980. Serving in the Detention, Warrants, Courts/Bailiff and Radio (Dispatch) Divisions. Hired by Olmsted County in 1986 to a deputy sheriff position. He served in the Patrol Division while also spending six years as the first School Liaison Officer in Olmsted County mostly focused on teaching the DARE Program to Elementary and Middle School students in Olmsted County and Rochester Parochial Schools.
Sheriff Torgerson was assigned to the Rochester/Olmsted County Emergency Response Unit (ERU or SWAT), original member, bugler, Rifle team leader and then Commander of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (L.E.M.A.) Honor Guard, and Director of the SE Minnesota Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Torch Run and Polar Plunge.
Sheriff Torgerson is currently a member of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council and Minnesota LEMA Board of Directors. Served as Sergeant in Patrol, Training and the Civil/Warrants/Court Security Division. Promoted to Captain in 2008 moving back to Patrol Division and later Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 2009 until January 2015.
He is serving as the 27th Olmsted County Sheriff after being sworn in on January 6th, 2015 and reelected in 2018. He is married with two adult children. His wife has taught Christian pre-school for more than twenty years. Our son is Doctor specializing in Oncology and our daughter is a second grade Spanish Immersion teacher. Sheriff Torgerson and his spouse have one granddaughter and one grandson.
Chief Jim Franklin was sworn in as Rochester’s Chief of Police on July 26, 2018. He is the 19th Chief Executive in the City’s 164-year history leading the agency’s 206 employees including both sworn and civilian staff. Chief Franklin is a graduate of Metropolitan State University, St Paul, Minnesota, where he earned his Masters of Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum-Senior Management Institute for Police, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, and the Naval Postgraduate School’s Executive Leaders Program.
Chief Franklin is a dedicated law enforcement executive committed to community/problem-oriented policing and Intelligence-Led Policing activities. His focus is on building relationships within the community in order to effectively identify root causes of crime and fostering partnerships to work collaboratively to solve community problems. This proactive problem-solving approach cultivates building stronger communities, increases community trust and involvement, and reduces the prevalence of and fear of crime within our community.
The Rochester Police Department is a progressive and professional organization, currently employing 141 sworn officers and more than 65 civilian staff. The Rochester Police Department prides itself as being a service-oriented police department, serving a diverse community of approximately 115,733 residents. Rochester is Minnesota’s third-largest city and the largest city located outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area.