David Nelson started his law enforcement career with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Department. In February 1991, he started with the Edina Police Department as a Police Officer. He worked from 1991 until September 1999 as a Patrol Officer, Investigator and School Liaison Officer. In September 1999, he was promoted to Sergeant. In 2005, he was promoted to Lieutenant and in February of 2010 he was promoted to Deputy Chief. His promotion to Chief of Police was in January 2014.