by Rachel Kytonen
County News editor
The city of Cambridge has offered the position of police chief to a current captain with the Ramsey Police Department.
During the Cambridge City Council meeting March 18, the council directed staff to initiate a conditional offer to Tim Dwyer, and begin an extensive criminal background check.
Dwyer has over 24 years of law enforcement experience, having worked in a wide array of policing and speciality positions.
He has been a captain with the Ramsey Police Department since 2002 and has been with the department since 1990.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the city council and area leaders for their time and diligence in selecting a police chief that best meets the needs of our fine community,” Dwyer said. “You had an excellent pool of candidates. I am honored and humbled that I have been chosen to carry on the tradition of excellence, building collaborative partnerships which make this city such a great place to live, work and play. I will serve you with integrity, respect and professionalism.”
Cambridge City Administrator Lynda Woulfe said a criminal background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening is being done on Dwyer. Pending a positive resolution to those investigations, Dwyer’s tentative start date as police chief is May 6.
Woulfe, city council members and three community members were a part of an interview process earlier that day with the five finalists for the police chief position. After discussions by the interviewing committee, a recommendation was made to offer the position to Dwyer.
For 10 weeks, Dwyer attended an intensive management and leadership program with Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and completed the program in May 2012.
During this time, Dwyer and his classmates had the chance to take master level courses in management and management theory, organizational behavior, human resource for law enforcement, budgeting, staffing allocations and personnel deployment.