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

Director of Public Safety Scott Nadeau

Director Nadeau has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Prior to becoming the Maplewood Public Safety Director in 2017 he was the Police Chief in Columbia Heights for nine years. For the past ten years, he has led two police departments return to community oriented policing. This transformation has built and expanded important police-community partnerships which have led to ten straight years of crime reduction and increased community and stakeholder support as evidenced by active partnerships and survey results.

Awards & Recognition

The work of the agencies under Nadeau’s leadership resulted in numerous awards and recognitions. These include the 2012 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Community Policing Award, and being selected as a finalist for the:

  • 2012 Anoka County Public Health Award
  • 2013 Columbia Heights School District’s Superintendents Award of Excellence
  • 2015 IACP Community Policing Award
  • 2015 L. Anthony Sutin Award from the U.S. Department of Justice


Prior to being hired as the Chief of Police in Columbia Heights, Nadeau served as a police officer (1987), Detective (1998), Sergeant (2002), and Commander (2005) of the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

Director Nadeau is also an educator who has instructed college and university classes on a variety of topics since 2003 and has delivered training in classroom, conference, and community settings to law enforcement officers and leaders. He has authored and co-authored articles and studies on various law enforcement and criminal justice subjects. He has also been active in a number of boards for people-serving non-profits.


Director Nadeau holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement (1998) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (2003), both from Metropolitan State University. He graduated from the 257th class of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy (2014).


Scott Nadeau
Director of Public Safety
Phone: 651-249-2602
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Director Nadeau

Scott Nadeau

Commander Michael Shortreed

Mike began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in November of 1996. Prior to joining the department, Mike worked as a Correctional Officer with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a Public Safety Dispatcher/Community Service Officer with the White Bear Lake Police Department.

Mike currently is assigned as the Commander of the department's Patrol Division. Mike's other positions and assignments throughout his career in Maplewood have included:

  • Field Training Officer
  • Investigations Commander
  • Paramedic
  • Patrol Lieutenant
  • Patrol Officer
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Retail Crime Officer
  • Traffic Safety Officer


Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Mary's University and a Masters of Arts degree in Management from the College of Saint Scholastica.

Community Involvement

Mike is a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council for Special Olympics Minnesota, and serves as the State Chair for Polar Plunges. He also is active in a variety of community and non-profit organizations.


Michael Shortreed
Phone: 651-249-2604
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Commander Shortreed

Michael Shortreed

Lieutenant Kerry Crotty

Kerry Crotty was sworn in as a police officer with the Maplewood Police Department on February 12, 1996. Since being sworn in and prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in 2009, Kerry has held a number of different positions, including:

  • Field Training Officer
  • Paramedic
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Retail Crime Officer

Kerry is currently assigned to the Community Outreach and Support Services Division.

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Cloud State University.


Kerry Crotty
Phone: 651-249-2605
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Lieutenant Crotty

Kerry Crotty