Members of the Maple Grove and surrounding communities came out Friday, May 30, to say goodbye to retiring Maple Grove Police Chief David Jess.
His last day was May 30, following a retirement open house and program.
Maple Grove Police Captain Keith Terlinden said Jess’ career spanned more than 30 years, starting in 1977 as an Explorer with the Brooklyn Park Police Department and ending as Maple Grove Police Chief, taking on many different positions within the Maple Grove Police Department.
Al Madsen, Maple Grove City Administrator, thanked Jess for his years of service with a dedicated tree. “It’s been my pleasure to work with you for all the years you have been with the city,” he added. “I’ve been very honored. You have been an outstanding public servant.”
Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson and city councilors Karen Jaeger and Phil Leith shared memories of Jess during the program and presented him with a plaque.
“It’s been a great pleasure having you here as an officer, deputy chief and chief, you’ve done a great job for our community,” Steffenson said.
Maple Grove Fire Chief Scott Anderson presented Jess with a fire helmet. Jess was a Maple Grove firefighter from 1986 to 1991 before relocating.
Former Maple Grove Police Chief Bob Burlingame and representatives from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Maple Grove Police Association, Minnesota Chief’s Association and surrounding communities’ Police Chiefs were part of the program. Each shared memories and some also presented him with awards.
Jess said the decision to retire was one of the most difficult ones for him. “It was with much deliberation and mixed emotions I decided to retire,” he said. “I am very proud to have had the privilege to serve this great community. Maple Grove has something special.”
He went on to thank all those he had worked with over his career. “Words cannot express the deep feelings and the since of pride I have for all of you,” he added.
Jess concluded his speech with, “You are my heroes, God speed and be safe. I’ll miss you all.”
His final duty as Maple Grove Police Chief was to walk through his officers as they gave him a “final salute.” He got to take home his retired police badge and retired ID.