The administrative unit of the Police Department, under the direction of the Director of Public Safety, provides:

  • Budgetary preparation and management
  • Interdepartmental and inter-agency coordination
  • Program management
  • Project development
  • Records and information services
  • Vision

Meet the Command Staff

Public Safety Director Brian Bierdeman

Director Bierdeman began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in June of 2002. He’s lead such initiatives as mental health outreach, community engagement, officer recruitment, training and the Street Crimes Unit. Director Bierdeman was instrumental in developing and has lead the City’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC), which provides critical community voices to the department’s strategic planning, use of force, training policy, and hiring.  

Director Bierdeman has held the following positions over his career:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • SWAT Operator
  • SWAT Team Leader
  • Firearms/Use of Force Instructor
  • Training Unit Supervisor
  • K-9 Handler/Officer
  • K-9 Unit Supervisor
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Street Crimes Unit Supervisor 
  • Lieutenant

 Awards & Recognition

  • Three Department Letters of Recognition (2004, 2008, 2016)
  • Meritorious Service Award ( SWAT-2015)
  • Lifesaving Award (2016)
  • Meritorious Service Award (K9 handler-2016)
  • Meritorious Service Award (K9-2016)
  • Eight United States Police K9 Association Unit Citations (2005 through 2015)
  • Unit Citation Award (Training unit-2018)
  • FBI Leeda Trilogy Award (2019)


Director Bierdeman attained his Master’ of Science in Justice Administration from University of the Cumberlands, in Kentucky. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Chief Bierdeman

Brian Bierdeman


Brian Bierdeman
Public Safety Director
Phone: 651-249-2600
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Deputy Chief Daniel Busack

Dan began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in August of 1999. He currently oversees the general patrol, investigative, and support services of the police department. His other duties include leading the Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and the school based Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Over the course of his career, Dan has held a number of different positions in the department, including:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • Firearms/Use of Force Instructor
  • Firearms/Use of Force Program Coordinator
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Investigative Sergeant
  • Field Training Unit Coordinator
  • Investigative Lieutenant 
  • Deputy Chief


Dan attained his Master's of Science in Justice Administration from University of the Cumberlands, in Kentucky and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas.

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Daniel Busack
Deputy Chief
Phone: 651-249-2607
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Lieutenant Michael Dugas

Mike began his career in 1997 with Fire and EMS.  In March of 2002, Mike transitioned to law enforcement, starting as a police officer/paramedic with Maplewood.

He currently leads the professional standards and training division.  He oversees the records unit, property/evidence, community outreach, training unit, community service officers, internal investigations, and the mental health outreach team along with the embedded social worker.  

Over the course of his career, Mike has held many different positions in the department, including:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Paramedic
  • Field Training Officer
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Police EMS Coordinator & Educator
  • SWAT Operator, Trainer, Sniper, Team Leader, and Executive Officer
  • Firearms/Use of Force Instructor
  • Training Unit Supervisor
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Special Enforcement Unit Supervisor
  • Mental Health Outreach Team Supervisor


Mike holds Associates' Degrees in Paramedic Technology and Law Enforcement, a Bachelor's in Police Science, and a Master's of Arts in Public Safety Administration.  Mike is also a certified emergency manager and plans on continuing his professional certifications and education.

Community Outreach and Transparency

Mike has been heavily involved with creating the mental health outreach team whose members work with those suffering from mental health issues in the community.  The work, their team, does improve many lives while lessening the load on emergency responders.  Mike also developed the community information report, which provides transparency to the community that is not common in other communities. 

Lieutenant Dugas

Dugas, Mike


Michael Dugas
Phone: (651) 755-6699
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Investigative Lieutenant Joseph Steiner

Joe began his career in 2000 as a police intern with the Maplewood Police Department.  Joe transitioned to a community service officer position within the department, and then in January of 2006 was promoted to police officer. He currently leads the investigations unit and oversees seven detectives.  

Over the course of his career, Joe has held many different positions in the department, including:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Narcotics Detective
  • Field Training Officer
  • S.W.A.T. Operator
  • Firearms Instructor 
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Field Training Unit Coordinator 
  • S.W.A.T. Supervisor
  • Street Crimes Unit Sergeant
  • Investigative Sergeant


Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Metropolitan State University and a master’s of arts degree in public safety administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.  Joe is also a leadership trilogy graduate through the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. 

 Community Outreach and Transparency:

Joe is involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters Twin Cities.  Joe has created multiple community outreach events through the department, connecting with all members of the community.   

Lieutenant Steiner

Steiner, Joe


Joseph Steiner
Phone: (651) 249-2608
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Patrol Lieutenant Michael Hoemke

Since joining the Maplewood Police Department in 2013, Lt. Hoemke has established himself as a leader and hard worker. He is also a Minnesota Army National Guard member and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 2011. He has served on two deployments in the last five years and has over 11 years of Military service. He is currently assigned as an Assistant Operations Officer for an Infantry Battalion and plans to complete a 20-year career in the MN Army National Guard.

 While at Maplewood, he has served as: 

  • Use of force and de-escalation instructor  
  • Firearms instructor 
  • Field training officer
  • Strategic Planning Committee member
  • Union steward
  • Labor Management Committee member
  • Member of Street Crimes Unit


Lt. Hoemke holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology – Law and Criminal Deviance from the University of Minnesota 

Community Outreach and Transparency

Mike has always made an effort to develop a positive relationship with the community and has been acknowledged on several occasions by members of the community for his professionalism. Mike said one of the great things about the Maplewood Community is the support shown for Law Enforcement Officers. Mike said he appreciates that the community is engaged and active in building a positive relationship with the Maplewood Police Officers and this is evident by their overwhelming participation in Community Outreach Events

Lieutenant Hoemke

Hoemke, Michael


Michael Hoemke
Phone: (651) 788-5459
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