Police Chief Brad Wise began his career in hospitality, working as an assistant manager at the Embassy Suites hotel in Bloomington. The job required him to hire off-duty police officers to serve as hotel security, and as he came to understand the officers and their duties, he decided it was time for a career change.
Upon earning his law enforcement degree, Wise accepted a position with the Robbinsdale Police Department in 1995. In less than a year, his hometown of Coon Rapids contacted, interviewed and hired him to join the Police Department. He was later promoted to Police Chief in 2011.
“It means a lot to me to do this job in my hometown, doing what I can to make a difference,” Wise says.
How does policing in your hometown influence your job?
“The officers who work here know how invested I am in the community. I think it makes a big difference in the way they work because they see my approach to policing our city and they know I’m passionate about the safety of this community.”
How has the community shown their support for the efforts of the Police Department?
“I’m truly blessed to be working for the City of Coon Rapids. We’ve enjoyed unyielding support of the community. I think citizens know my passion for policing, I think they can sense that. We also have the greatest staff ever from top to bottom; I take great pride in each one of our officers. When somebody drops off chocolate chip cookies, we know what that represents, and that’s really gratifying and reassuring. It’s a tangible way for the officers here to see that they do enjoy the support of the community.”
What are your hobbies?
“I love to golf, go boating and travel in an RV seeing different parts of the country, but, being the proud parent that I am, there’s nothing I’d rather do than watch my son play a ball game or watch my daughter dance or even participate in a father-daughter dance.”
Tell us about your family.
“My wife Christine and I just celebrated our 23rd anniversary and we have two children, Connor (14) and Haili (12). My kids are the greatest. They’re easy-going, motivated, fun to be around, just a tiny bit too sarcastic at times maybe.”