“Interim” was officially removed from Mikael Dahlstrom’s job title during Tuesday’s Rosemount City Council meeting.
Dahlstrom is now the Rosemount police chief.
“We’ve been able to see Mike in action for several months and he’s treated us well,” City Administrator Logan Marin said. “We’re confident and excited about his future with us at the city.”
He was sworn in during an significant storm event Tuesday.
Dahlstrom said he received a text from a sergeant earlier that day that he “hopes this incoming storm isn’t an indication of your tenure as police chief,” he said with a laugh.
Dahlstrom said the few hours prior to the meeting was “pretty hectic” as city officials were responding to fallen trees, flooding streets and power outages.
He recognized officers who had just responded to an accident on County Road 42 where a motorcyclist swerved and hit a truck. Officers were on the scene earlier and helped apply a tourniquet to the victim. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital.
“This department is built on character,” Dahlstrom said. “We wear honor, integrity and courage on our sleeve. I’m so lucky to come into a group that has that down.
“They work hard every day. They’re focused on development. They do self reflection. Teamwork is second to none. I don’t have any issues with anyone in our police force. They come to work day in and day out.”
It was standing room only for the swearing in with members of the fire department, Dakota County agencies, first responders and his family in attendance.
Dahlstrom remembered a quote from retired Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke who said “If I were a crime scene, I’d be a mess because I’d be covered in fingerprints.”
He appreciated those in attendance and noted their influence.
Dahlstrom was raised in Rosemount. He was part of the first class as Shannon Park Elementary.
He said he feels fortunate to be part of the community.
He credited the former Rosemount police chiefs calling them mentors whom he still relies on to this day.
“They left a fingerprint on this department, so I’m going to do my best to live up to that legacy,” Dahlstrom said.
Dahlstrom has been with the department since Sept. 5, 2006.
He has held several roles throughout his career. He has served as a patrol officer, drug recognition expert, field training officer, South Metro S.W.A.T., team leader, patrol sergeant, investigations sergeant and administrative sergeant.
Dahlstrom has a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree from Concordia University. In 2017, he attended the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, where his peers voted for him to receive the Franklin M. Kreml Award for the student who best displayed the leadership qualities needed in today’s law enforcement.
He was promoted to the rank of sergeant Aug. 23, 2013.
In January, a new commander position, essentially second-in-command, was created. Dahlstrom was promoted to commander then, and when former chief Mitchell Scott retired in February, Dahlstrom was named interim chief.
Scott advocated for Dahlstrom when he retired. He told the Dakota County Tribune that Dahlstrom was the “right person for the job” noting his organizational savvy and experience.
Scott created the commander position to essentially groom his replacement, he said.
The Rosemount City Council discussed the move during a work session last month giving its approval of the hire.