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Staff Contacts

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.
 

Nathan R. Gove, Executive Director

The Executive Director reports to a fifteen-member Board appointed by the Governor. He 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 Office of the Governor on issues germane to POST functions and responsibilities. 
 

Erik C. Misselt, Assistant Executive Director

651-201-7789, erik.misselt@state.mn.us 
The Assistant Executive Director directs and coordinates the day-to-day operations of the POST Board staff and their projects.  With the Executive Director, he supervises agency support staff and works to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of core service delivery.  He also serves as Acting Director in the absence of the Executive Director.
  

Karissah Bellagotti-DeSantis, Office & Administrative Specialist Intermediate

The Office and Administrative Specialist Intermediate (OASI) is the initial contact point for POST Board customers either through walk-in contact, by phone or through correspondence. This position, along with another OASI position, processes Peace Officer license requests, renewals, testing applications, etc. including receiving and entering various payments associated with those duties as well as issuing license certificates. The OASI's process personnel notifications, terminations and update the Peace Officer Employment Opportunities web page on the POST web site 
 

Mary Bjornberg, Continuing Education Coordinator

651-201-7787, mary.bjornberg@state.mn.us  
The Continuing Education Coordinator oversees and administers 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. She also coordinates and approves the continuing education review process as well as the disbursement of penalty assessment funds.  
 

Mark Bloom, Standards Coordinator

The Standards Coordinators conduct reviews of law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with POST Board rules, policies, and statutes as well as investigate alleged violations of peace officer standards of conduct, minimum selection standards, and unauthorized practice. They also assist state and local units of government comply with POST Board and statutory requirements. The Standards Coordinators serve as a resource by providing information to chief law enforcement officers who have questions regarding administrative rules, 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.
 

Michelle Haggberg, Office & Administrative Specialist Senior

The Office and Administrative Specialist Senior (OASS) provides administrative support to the Executive Director, the POST Board chair,  Board members and their committees to ensure board activities are accomplished efficiently and effectively. She also is the agency's timekeeper, telecommunications coordinator, and certified purchaser. The OASS answers questions pertaining to meeting dates, agenda items and contacting board members.
 

Mark Raquet, Standards Coordinator

The Standards Coordinators conduct reviews of law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with POST Board rules, policies, and statutes as well as investigate alleged violations of peace officer standards of conduct, minimum selection standards, and unauthorized practice. They also assist state and local units of government comply with POST Board and statutory requirements. The Standards Coordinators serve as a resource by providing 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. 
 

Deb Soderbeck, Continuing Education Credit Coordinator

The Continuing Education Credit Coordinator oversees, administers and maintains the program for tracking of continuing education credits and records associated with the program. She reviews and approves applications to ensure law enforcement agencies receive the proper reimbursement.
 

Peggy Strand, Education Coordinator

The Education Coordinator oversees and administers the Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE) that is required for peace officer licensure and provided at POST Board certified institutions of higher learning. Currently there are 29 colleges and universities that provide PPOE programs at 38 locations throughout Minnesota.
 

Starr Suggs, Office & Administrative Specialist Intermediate

The Office and Administrative Specialist Intermediate (OASI) is the initial contact point for POST Board customers either through walk-in contact, by phone or through correspondence. This position, along with another OASI position, processes Peace Officer license requests, renewals, testing applications, etc. including receiving and entering various payments associated with those duties as well as issuing license certificates. The OASI's process personnel notifications, terminations and update the Peace Officer Employment Opportunities web page on the POST web site. 
 

Dan Vujovich, Licensing & Testing Project Manager

Dan provides information on the four examinations administered by the POST Board: Peace Officer Licensing Exam, Reinstatement of Eligibility Exam, Reciprocity Exam and the Military Reciprocity Exam. Questions about eligibility and preparation for any of these examinations should be directed to the coordinator. Questions related to licensing of peace officers and renewal of peace officers and part-time peace officers licenses may also be directed to the coordinator.