Captain with Ramsey PD offered Cambridge police chief position

Tim Dwyer
Tim Dwyer

The city of Cambridge has offered the position of police chief to a current captain with the Ramsey Police Department.

During the Cambridge City Council meeting March 18, the council directed staff to initiate a conditional offer to Tim Dwyer, and begin an extensive criminal background check.

Dwyer has over 24 years of law enforcement experience, having worked in a wide array of policing and speciality positions. He has been a captain with the Ramsey Police Department since 2002 and has been with the department since 1990.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the city council and area leaders for their time and diligence in selecting a police chief that best meets the needs of our fine community,” Dwyer said. “You had an excellent pool of candidates. I am honored and humbled that I have been chosen to carry on the tradition of excellence, building collaborative partnerships which make this city such a great place to live, work and play.  I will serve you with integrity, respect and professionalism.”

City Administrator Lynda Woulfe said a criminal background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening is being done on Dwyer. Pending a positive resolution to those investigations, Dwyer’s tentative start date as police chief is May 6.

Woulfe, city council members and three community members were a part of an interview process earlier that day with the five finalists for the police chief position. After discussions by the interviewing committee, a recommendation was made to offer the position to Dwyer.

For 10 weeks, Dwyer attended an intensive management and leadership program with Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and completed the program in May 2012.

During this time, Dwyer and his classmates had the chance to take master level courses in management and management theory, organizational behavior, human resource for law enforcement, budgeting, staffing allocations and personnel deployment.

Council member David Schornstein resigns

During a special meeting of the council held during the morning of March 18, it accepted the resignation of council member David Schornstein effective April 1.

Schornstein was appointed to the council in April 2004 due to a vacant position. He was elected in November 2006 and re-elected in November 2010.

“Over the past decade, I have truly cherished the opportunity to give back to the community in which I was born, raised and love,” Schornstein wrote in his resignation letter. “To take part in its growth and prosperity as a member of its council, and to look at what would best serve the citizens of our city has been a privilege.”

Schornstein hasn’t attended a council meeting since being asked to leave near the beginning of the Dec. 5 council meeting.

“I’ve made this difficult decision after a leave of absence from the council chamber for several reasons; first being my avenue of work doesn’t allow a flexible schedule, nor is it local, so I am no longer able to see our citizens on a daily basis,” Schornstein wrote. “Second, I am making a choice to run my focus inward to personal concerns rather than public. Finally, I feel the recent publicity regarding my past has brought with it an unwarranted scrutiny of the entire council and hierarchy of the city.”

Schornstein said it was with a “grievous heart” he tendered his resignation.

“I chronicle the conversations and debates I have been fortunate to be a part of, none more than valuable than talking with you, the people of Cambridge, and gathering your thoughts and concerns regarding your urban lives,” Schornstein wrote. “I will forever hold the time I gave as a council member as a high point of my life.”

As part of the motion to accept Schornstein’s resignation, the council appointed Corey Bustrom to fill the vacant position.

Bustrom was the third highest vote-getter in the most recent Cambridge City Council election in November. Bustrom’s term will run April 2, 2013 through Jan. 4, 2015.

Since more than half of Schornstein’s term had ended, Woulfe explained the council did not need to hold a special election to fill the vacant position.