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Posted on: January 20, 2023

Four Retire From City of Edina in Second Half of 2022

Edina, Minn., Jan. 18, 2023 – Four staff members retired from the City of Edina in the second half of 2022. All of them had worked for the City for 15 years or more.

Jeff Elasky, Deputy Police Chief
Jeff Elasky retired as Deputy Police Chief Aug. 19 after 36 years with the Edina Police Department.

“Jeff has been a valued member of our department, serving in a variety of roles for over 30 years,” said Police Chief Todd Milburn. “As our Deputy Chief for the last several years, Jeff has been a strong leader for our department. Jeff’s institutional knowledge will be missed, and our staff wish him well in retirement.”

Of his experience, Elasky said, “I’ve been very fortunate to be where I am. I still feel and believe that this is one of the best police organizations in the state — if not the country — and it’s because of the people who make it that way, and the support from the community.”

Aaron White, a 16-year veteran of the Edina Police Department, was promoted to the position following Elasky’s retirement.  

Jane Timm, Deputy City Clerk
After 25 years in the Administration Department working with licensing and elections, Deputy City Clerk Jane Timm retired Sept. 2.

“She gets along with everyone and has a very calm demeanor about her. She has a lot of qualities that are hard to find these days,” said City Clerk Sharon Allison. “I’m going to miss her institutional knowledge – that will be hard to replace!”

Reflecting on her career, Timm said, “I am very proud to have worked for the City of Edina and hope I’ve made people’s lives better and easier in my time here.”

Records Management Specialist Noel Mills Ford was promoted to the position following Timm’s retirement.

Pat Sandon, Fire Captain
Capt. Pat Sandon retired from the Edina Fire Department Dec. 2. Sandon started his career with Edina as a paid-on-call firefighter in 2000. He was hired as a full-time firefighter paramedic in 2003 and promoted to Captain in 2011.

“One of Pat’s greatest strengths is his ability to create and maintain relationships,” said Fire Chief Andrew Slama. “Pat has strong relationships not only within Edina Fire, but amongst the fire service throughout the State and certainly our mutual aid partners. I’m fortunate to have worked with Pat. I’m excited about his retirement and know he will enjoy his time.”

Upon his retirement, Sandon said, “I’ve been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for the City, the Fire Department and be a part of something way bigger than me. I just want everybody to know that. It’s such a good place to work.”

Following Sandon’s retirement, Lt. Scott Vadnais, Lt. Todd Porthan, and Paramedic/Firefighters Travis Jacobs and Matt Willems were promoted to Captain. In addition to the promotions, Natalie Young began Dec. 12 as a Paramedic/Firefighter to fill Sandon’s vacancy.

Debra Fields, Facilities Director of the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility
Debra Fields retired Dec. 2 as Facilities Director of the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility (SMPSTF), located at 7525 Braemar Blvd. and jointly owned by the cities of Bloomington, Edina and Eden Prairie and the Metropolitan Airport Police.

“Deb Fields has been an icon of the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility for 15 years,” said Fire Training and Safety Chief Shaun White. “Her dedication to the facility and those it serves has been unparalleled.”

Describing her work, Fields said, “What happens here on a day-to-day basis is my passion.” On saying goodbye to her coworkers, she said, “It’s like family. You feel protective; you feel appreciative. I don’t even want to think about leaving them.”

Following Fields’ retirement, Robert Slater was hired for the position. Slater spent most of his career as an administrator at Saint Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights and most recently worked at KIPP Minnesota Public Schools in North Minneapolis before his new role at the SMPSTF.

For more information about City staffing, contact the Human Resources Department at 952-927-8861. For a list of open positions, visit EdinaMN.gov/Jobs.

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