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Fairmont has a dedicated and well trained group of individuals serving the community.

 

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Full Time Officers

Chief Greg Brolsma

Chief Brolsma grew up in Dunnell, Minnesota.  He graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a B.A. in Sociology.  He obtained his Law Enforcement certification through Moorhead State University and Alexandria Technical College.   He joined the Fairmont Police Department in January of 1986. He served as a Patrolman, Sergeant and Lieutenant before being appointed as Chief in 2001.  He is a 2003 graduate of the MN Chief's of Police CLEO & Command Academy.   He currently serves on several boards and committees which tie law enforcement to the community. They include Fairmont Area Kinship, Fairmont Healthy Youth Committee, Services for Challenging Youth Board, Fairmont Early Childhood Initiative, Juvenile Justice Coalition of MN, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Mayo Clinic Health System – Fairmont Board of Directors and Mayo Clinic Health System – Southwest Region Board of Directors. Email: gbrolsma@fairmont.org

Lieutenant Del Ellis

Lieutenant Ellis began working for the Fairmont Police Department in 1994. Lieutenant Ellis has worked toward department goals in various capacities and is proud to be part of such a noble profession. Email: dellis@fairmont.org

Detective Eric Tonder

Detective Tonder was hired as a Patrolman with the Fairmont Police Department in 1997.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and in 2003 promoted to his current position of Detective. Detective Tonder has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and has received training in several specialties some of which include; High Tech Criminal Forensic Computer Investigations, Seized Computer Evidence Recovery, Advanced Latent Prints, Crime Scene Evaluation and Processing, Death Scene Investigation, Internal Affairs Investigations, Advanced Interview and Interrogation, Advanced Statement Analysis and Child Abuse Forensic Interviewing. Detective Tonder supervises Fairmont’s Predatory Offender Registration Compliance and has served as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). Det Tonder is also our department's use of force instructor and firearms instructor. Email: etonder@fairmont.org

Sergeant Kevin Kelly

Sergeant Kelly lived in rural Lake Crystal until he graduated High School. He moved to Mankato where he managed a Service Station for 8 years. He then moved to California for two years where his interest in law enforcement peaked and he returned to Minnesota to start his college education. He received a A.A. degree in Law Enforcement, a B.S. Degree in Public Administration with a Speech Communications Minor. He worked for several agencies while attending college to gain experience before becoming full-time. He was hired by the Fairmont Police Department in 1993 and moved into the D.A.R.E. Officer Position shortly after, he was then promoted to Sergeant. He is certified in a number of different areas, serves on different committees within the department. He has volunteered his time with community organizations and spends time at home with his wife and children. Email: Kkelly@fairmont.org

Sergeant Michael Hunter

Sergeant Hunter is a native of St Paul Minnesota.  He attended Rosemount Senior High School and holds a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of St Thomas.  Sergeant Hunter came to Fairmont in 1998 after serving in various law enforcement capacities since 1993 with the cities of Madelia, Burnsville and Minneapolis Police Departments.  In Fairmont he has served as a Patrolman, DARE Officer, School Resource Officer and Drug Interdiction Resource Team Member.  He is currently a Patrol Supervisor and Training Coordinator for the Fairmont Police Department.  He is also a member of the regional Emergency Response Unit (HEAT), Field Training Officer and FTO Program Supervisor, and Pre-employment Background Investigator. Email: mhunter@fairmont.org

Sergeant James Kotewa

Sergeant Kotewa is a native of Fairmont.  He attended Fairmont High School and holds a Bachelors Degree in law enforcement from Mankato State University.  Sergeant Kotewa became a full-time Patrolman in 1997 after having worked part-time as a Bike Patrol Officer, Patrolman, and Animal Control Officer.  He also worked as a part-time patrolman in Truman and for the Sherburn/Welcome Police Department. In Fairmont he served as a Narcotic Agent assigned to the Drug Task Force from 1998 to 2000. He was promoted to Detective in 2000 and became a Sergeant in 2003. Sgt. Kotewa is a Pre-employment Background Investigator and has been trained in Advanced Latent Prints, Crime Scene Evaluation and Processing, Death Scene Investigation, Advanced Interview and Interrogation, and Child Abuse Forensic Interviewing.  Sergeant Kotewa is a United States Department of Justice certified Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Technician and Clandestine Laboratory site safety officer. Sgt Kotewa is also part of our emergency management team. Email: jkotewa@fairmont.org

Officer Brad Buhmann

 Officer Buhmann is a native of Fairmont Minnesota.  He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and later attended Mankato State University where he obtained a degree in Criminal Justice.  He then attended Hibbing Technical College and completed the state skills program.  He has had previous law enforcement experience with the City of Truman Police Department.  Officer Buhmann has been with the Fairmont Police Department since 1992.   He was a former K-9 Officer with this partner Daegan for five years and has also served as a Crime Prevention Officer.  He is a Certified Gunsmith currently assigned as the Firearms Armorer for the department specializing in Glock handguns, Remington shotguns, and Colt rifles.
Email: bbuhmann@fairmont.org

Officer Dave Runge

Officer Runge grew up in Mankato, MN and graduated from Mankato East High School in 1985. He attended Vermilion Community College and received an AAS degree in Water Resources. He continued his education at UW-Stevens Point where he received BS degrees in Fisheries Management and Aquatic Biology. After holding a few odd jobs such as a Fisheries Biologist and Hazardous Waste Chemist he decided to go back to college at Mankato State University. Dave received his BS degree in Law Enforcement in 1996 and was hired by the City of Fairmont in January 1997 after working a couple of months part-time for Amboy/Vernon Center and Good Thunder. During his tour in Fairmont he has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, a Uniform and Equipment Committee Member and Crime Prevention Officer. He currently assists with this website design and upkeep. Email: drunge@fairmont.org

Officer Bryan Boltjes

Officer Boltjes grew up in Worthington, Minnesota.  He attended Range Technical College in Hibbing where he obtained his AAS degree in Law Enforcement.  In 1995 he started his Law Enforcement career with the Ivanhoe Police Department and has also had experience with the cities of Lake Benton and Lakefield Police Departments.  In 1996 he began working for the Jackson Police Department.  While with Jackson, Officer Boltjes was assigned to the regional Emergency Response Unit (HEAT) and served as the department’s canine handler. In 2001, Officer Boltjes began working for the Fairmont Police Department. Officer Boltjes served as a canine handler from 2001-2008 with the Fairmont Police Department.  He has also served on the regional Emergency Response Unit (HEAT), the local Drug Interdiction Resource Team (DIRT), Uniform and Equipment Committee, and the Justice Council.  He currently serves as a patrolman. Email: bboltjes@fairmont.org

Officer Shannon Bass

Officer Bass has been a patrol officer with the Fairmont Police Department since 2001. He was born and raised in Worthington, MN. He attended college at Worthington Community College and then attended Alexandria Technical College where he received his degree in Law Enforcement.  Officer Bass started his law enforcement career with the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office where he was employed as a Correctional Officer for one year. He was then hired by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 and was employed there as a Deputy Sheriff for four years. Officer Bass has several years of previous experience with the regional Emergency Response Unit (HEAT). He is currently involved with the crime prevention program and the Martin County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. Email: sbass@fairmont.org

School Resource Officer Jaime Bleess

Officer Bleess is a Mankato West High School graduate and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Officer Bleess was the Director of Youth and Family Ministry at a church in Red Wing, MN for 5 years. During that time he completed his law enforcement training at RCTC in Rochester, MN. Officer Bleess has served the Fairmont Police Department since 2003. He currently serves as the School Resource Officer with the Fairmont Area Schools and has an office at Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School. Officer Bleess serves as a patrol officer during the summer months. He currently assists with this website design and upkeep.
Email: jbleess@fairmont.org or jbleess@fairmont.k12.mn.us
School Desk Phone: 507-235-4208

Officer James Tietje

Officer Tietje attended Alexandria Technical College and received his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement.  After graduating from college in the spring of 2002, he started his law enforcement career working bike patrol for the City of Fairmont.  While working bike patrol for Fairmont he was hired as a part-time officer for the City of Truman.  After approximately one year in Truman, James was hired by the City of Fairmont.  He has been with the Fairmont Police Department since December 2003. Officer Tietje is a certified Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE). He has taken extensive training to increase his knowledge in detecting and apprehending drug impaired drivers. His job is to assist other police officers in removing drug impaired drivers from our streets. James is currently assigned to the regional Emergency Response Unit (HEAT). Email: jtietje@fairmont.org

Officer Chad Sanow

Officer Sanow graduated from High School in Jasper, Minnesota in 1993. After graduation he went to college at Willmar Community College where he received a degree in Criminal Justice. He then attended Alexandria Technical College for the Law Enforcement Skills program.  After graduating from college he received his first part-time law enforcement job with Tyler Police Department. A short time later Officer Sanow became employed part-time with other agencies including Balaton Police Department, Marshall Police Department, Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, and Minneota Police Department. Most of his work was with the Marshall Police Department and Lyon County Sheriff’s Department. In October 1997 Officer Sanow began working full time with the Watonwan County Sheriff’s Department. He was given the opportunity to become a K-9 Handler in 1999 after raising the money to begin the program. In April 2004, He was hired full time for the Fairmont Police Department along with his K-9 partner “Chase”.  Officer Sanow currently serves the Fairmont Police Department with his K-9 partner "Jango". Email: csanow@fairmont.org

Officer Craig Fowler

Officer Fowler has been serving Fairmont since October 2004.  He is originally from the Fairmont area and graduated from the Fairmont Senior High School in 2001.  He attended Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria where he obtained his AAS Degree in Law Enforcement in 2003.  He first worked in the City of Trimont and then for the City of Truman as a patrol officer before coming to work for the Fairmont Police Department in October 2004 as the Animal Control /Code Enforcement Officer. In May 2007 he was promoted to patrol officer. Officer Fowler coordinates the Safe & Sober program(TZD) for the Fairmont Police Department and helps coordinate the Citizens On Patrol (C.O.P.) program. Email: cfowler@fairmont.org

Officer Dustin Schwebke

Officer Schwebke grew up in Colorado and moved to Fairmont in 1995. He graduated from Fairmont High School in 2000. Dustin attended South Central Technical College in Mankato in the Paramedic program. After graduating from SCTC he became interested in a career in law enforcement. He then attended Riverland Community Technical College in Austin, MN and graduated with an AAS degree in law enforcement. He completed the skills course in Hibbing and was hired as the Animal Control Officer in Fairmont in August, 2007. Please call or email Dustin with any of your questions or concerns when it comes to animal control or city code enforcement. Email: dschwebke@fairmont.org

Officer Mike Beletti

Officer Beletti grew up in Chaska, MN. He graduated from Chaska High School and later attended Alexandria Technical College where he obtained an AAS in Law Enforcement. Officer Beletti began his law enforcement career in 2009 with the City of Winnebago, MN.  He worked part time for a short time in Fairmont before being hired full time with the City of Fairmont in 2014. Officer Beletti enjoys spending his free time outdoors with his family and friends. Email: mbeletti@fairmont.org

Part Time Officers

Officer Matt Owens

Officer Matthew Owens is a part time officer who has worked for Fairmont since January 2005.  Officer Owens also works full time for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. He grew up in the Truman area. After graduating from high school he attended Alexandria Technical College for Law Enforcement. Deputy Owens is the Martin County's use of force/ firearms instructor. He now lives in rural Fairmont with his family. Email: mowens@fairmont.org

 

Officer Paul Fordice

Officer Fordice was hired as a part time officer in June 2013. He is orginally from Fairmont and graduated from the Fairmont Jr/Sr High School in 2007. He then attended Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN where he obtained his AAS Degree in Law Enforcement in 2012. He also graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2011 with BA degrees in both Criminology and Sociology. He also received a minor in Psychology from UMD. He completed an internship with the St Louis County Sheriff's Office as part of his education. Officer Fordice served as a Reserve Officer for five years with the City of New Brighton, MN before starting in Fairmont. Email; pfordice@fairmont.org

Officer Josh Nelson

Officer Nelson was hired as a part time officer for Fairmont in 2014. He is originally from Sherburn, MN. He attended Alexandria Technical College and graduated in 2011 with an AAS in Law Enforcement. In 2011 he completed an internship with the Fairmont PD and the Martin County Sheriff's Department. In November of 2011 he was hired part time with the Sherburn/Welcome Police Department and worked at Walmart in the Assest Protection Unit. In December 2011 he was hired part time for the Trimont PD and the Martin County Sheriff's Office. In the spring of 2012 Josh left Walmart and began working Security for the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont where he stayed for approximately nine months.  Email; jnelson@fairmont.org

Records Personnel

Renae Janssen

Renae joined the Fairmont Police Department in 1989. Email; rjanssen@fairmont.org

Tegan Quade

Tegan joined the Fairmont Police Department in 2010. Email: tquade@fairmont.org