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Staff Members

The POST Board currently has eleven staff positions. Our staff wants to do everything possible to help you with any questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact our staff with your questions. The links below will allow you to email our staff from this page.
 
If you would prefer to speak to someone directly, our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The telephone number to the main line is 651-643-3060 and our fax number is 651-643-3072.
 
Our staff is here to help you. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
 

Neil Melton, Executive Director

651-201-7788, neil.melton@state.mn.us
The Executive Director reports to a fifteen-member Board appointed by the Governor. Mr. Melton directs the licensing system for Minnesota's 10,500-plus state, county and municipal peace officers and part-time officers. The licensing system includes components of minimum selection criteria, professional standards, continuing education, complaint investigation, and the rule-making process. He also collaborates with law enforcement agencies, higher education programs, the legislature, and the Governor's Office on issues germane to POST functions and responsibilities. 
 

Mary Bjornberg, Continuing Education Coordinator

651-201-7787, mary.bjornberg@state.mn.us  
Mary coordinates the Professional Peace Officer Continuing Education program that, as a component of the peace officer licensing process is aimed at upgrading the quality of Minnesota law enforcement, and, to coordinate and approve the continuing education review process as well as the disbursement of penalty assessment funds.  
 

Jeff Evans, Licensing & Testing Coordinator

651-201-7784, jeff.evans@state.mn.us
Jeff provides information on the four examinations administered by the POST Board: Peace Officer Licensing Exam, Reinstatement of Eligibility Exam, Part-time Peace Officer Exam, and the Reciprocity/Military Reciprocity Exam. Questions about eligibility and preparation for any of these examinations should be directed to him. Questions related to licensing of peace officers and part-time peace officers and renewal of their licenses may also be directed to Jeff.   
 

Carol Hall, Office & Administrative Specialist Intermediate

Carol keeps the licensee's current status up to date by processing the Personnel Notification and Termination forms received from the law enforcement agencies. She is responsible for updating the database, keeping the paper files in order, registering students for the Peace Officer Licensing Examination, and assisting in the renewal and restoration processes. 
 

Paul Monteen, Standards Coordinator

Paul provides information to students who have questions about entrance requirements for admission into the Professional Peace Officer Education program, information to chief law enforcement officers who have questions regarding administrative rules, information regarding the POST Board jurisdiction and authority related to standards of conduct for licensed peace officers, and information and referrals to citizens who may have questions about alleged peace officer misconduct. 
 

Terry Sandbeck, Office Supervisor

Terry is the supervisor of the support staff. She is responsible for all bank deposit transactions as well as assisting with the processing of continuing education reimbursement applications. She also manages the board's Background Check Pointer System. Any questions regarding finance, office policy or procedure may be directed to Terry.
 

Deb Soderbeck, Office & Administrative Specialist Senior

Deb is responsible for matters relating to the POST Board's members and their meetings. Questions pertaining to meeting dates, agenda items, and contacting board members may be addressed to her. Deb also processes the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act of 2010 for qualified retired law enforcement officers certifications and performs the duties of the department's personnel expediter, timekeeper, telecom coordinator, and certified purchaser ensuring that all supplies, equipment and services are in place.
 

Peggy Strand, Education Coordinator

Peggy coordinates the Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE) programs that, as components of the peace officer licensing process, are critical to Minnesota's law enforcement community. Currently there are twenty-three colleges and universities that provide PPOE programs at 34 sites across the State. 
 

Starr Suggs, Office & Administrative Specialist Intermediate

If you have ever called the POST Board, you have probably spoken with Starr. Starr answers our incoming phone calls. She proctors the in-house licensing examinations that are given in our office. Starr also updates the Peace Officer Employment Opportunities web page on the POST web site every Friday. 
 

Sheryl Waddick, Standards Coordinator

Sheryl provides information to students who have questions about entrance requirements for admission into the Professional Peace Officer Education program, information to chief law enforcement officers who have questions regarding administrative rules, information regarding the POST Board jurisdiction and authority related to standards of conduct for licensed peace officers, and information and referrals to citizens who may have questions about alleged peace officer misconduct.