December 26, 2018 (Minneapolis) Chief Arradondo has appointed John Elder as the Director of Public Information for the Minneapolis Police Department.
Director Elder will oversee the Minneapolis Police Department’s Office of Public Information (PIO Unit) which staffs a Public Information Officer, Sgt. Darcy Horn, and a Videographer/Multi Media Specialist, Danielle Maroney.
Elder began his career with the MPD in October 2011 as the manager of the Intellectual Properties Initiative Division. In November of 2013 Elder was detailed to the Office of Public Information where he was permanently transferred in January of 2014.
In July of 2016 Elder went back to again oversee the Intellectual Properties Initiative Division and work on legislative initiatives until December 2017 when he was asked to assist the PIO Unit during a time of transition. Elder oversaw the day to day operations of the PIO Unit while still managing the Intellectual Properties Division.
Elder’s rich experience in law enforcement began in 1987 at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office where he worked at the jail and headed up their Gang Unit. In 1993 Elder worked for the Lakeville Police Department where he served as a patrol officer, a DARE Officer and a Physical Evidence Officer (Crime Lab). In 1999 Elder went to the New Hope Police Department where he was a patrol officer and later promoted to Detective. He also served as the hostage/crisis negotiator for West Metro SWAT.
Currently Elder also works part-time as a Deputy Sheriff for the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office as a 911 responder and was just re-elected to his fourth term as a City Councilman for the City of New Hope.
Chief Arradondo and the MPD congratulate Director John Elder on his new appointment!