The administrative unit of the Police Department, under the direction of the Director of Public Safety, provides:

  • Budgetary preparation and management
  • Interdepartmental and inter-agency coordination
  • Program management
  • Project development
  • Records and information services
  • Vision

Meet the Command Staff

Director of Public Safety Scott Nadeau

Director Nadeau has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Prior to becoming the Maplewood Public Safety Director in 2017 he was the Police Chief in Columbia Heights for nine years. For the past ten years, he has led two police departments return to community oriented policing. This transformation has built and expanded important police-community partnerships which have led to ten straight years of crime reduction and increased community and stakeholder support as evidenced by active partnerships and survey results.

Awards & Recognition

The work of the agencies under Nadeau’s leadership resulted in numerous awards and recognitions. These include the 2012 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Community Policing Award, and being selected as a finalist for the:

  • 2012 Anoka County Public Health Award
  • 2013 Columbia Heights School District’s Superintendents Award of Excellence
  • 2015 IACP Community Policing Award
  • 2015 L. Anthony Sutin Award from the U.S. Department of Justice


Prior to being hired as the Chief of Police in Columbia Heights, Nadeau served as a police officer (1987), Detective (1998), Sergeant (2002), and Commander (2005) of the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

Director Nadeau is also an educator who has instructed college and university classes on a variety of topics since 2003 and has delivered training in classroom, conference, and community settings to law enforcement officers and leaders. He has authored and co-authored articles and studies on various law enforcement and criminal justice subjects. He has also been active in a number of boards for people-serving non-profits.


Director Nadeau holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement (1998) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (2003), both from Metropolitan State University. He graduated from the 257th class of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy (2014).


Scott Nadeau
Director of Public Safety
Phone: 651-249-2602
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Director Nadeau

Scott Nadeau

Commander Michael Shortreed

Mike began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in November of 1996. Prior to joining the department, Mike worked as a Correctional Officer with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a Public Safety Dispatcher/Community Service Officer with the White Bear Lake Police Department.

Mike's other positions and assignments throughout his career in Maplewood have included:

  • Field Training Officer
  • Investigations Commander
  • Paramedic
  • Patrol Lieutenant
  • Patrol Officer
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Retail Crime Officer
  • Traffic Safety Officer


Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Mary's University and a Masters of Arts degree in Management from the College of Saint Scholastica.

Community Involvement

Mike is a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council for Special Olympics Minnesota, and serves as the State Chair for Polar Plunges. He also is active in a variety of community and non-profit organizations.

Commander Shortreed

Michael Shortreed


Michael Shortreed
Phone: 651-249-2604
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Lieutenant Brian Bierdeman

Lieutenant Bierdeman began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in June of 2002.

He currently co-supervises the patrol division with Lt. Busack. Together they supervise six patrol sergeants. Both patrol lieutenants are also responsible for professional development and recruiting.  His other duties include overseeing the department’s problem-oriented policing program, the Multicultural Advisory Committee, the training unit, the SWAT officer, and the K9 officers. 

Over the course of his career, Lieutenant Bierdeman has held several different positions in the department, including:

  1. Patrol Officer
  2. Field Training Officer
  3. SWAT Operator
  4. SWAT Team Leader
  5. Firearms/Use of Force Instructor
  6. Training Unit Supervisor
  7. K-9 Handler/Officer
  8. K-9 Unit Supervisor
  9. Patrol Sergeant
  10. Street Crimes Unit Supervisor 

Awards & Recognition

  1. Three Department Letters of Recognition (2004, 2008, 2016)
  2. Meritorious Service Award ( SWAT-2015)
  3. Lifesaving Award (2016)
  4. Meritorious Service Award (K9 handler-2016)
  5. Meritorious Service Award (K9-2016)
  6. Eight United States Police K9 Association Unit Citations (2005 through 2015)
  7. Unit Citation Award (Training unit-2018)
  8. FBI Leeda Trilogy Award (2019)


Lieutenant Bierdeman graduated in 2001 from the University of Minnesota Moorhead and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.  He is currently enrolled in a graduate degree program obtaining a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  

Community Outreach Involvement

Lieutenant Bierdeman is involved heavily in community outreach and recruiting.  He has served as a representative of the Police Advisory Commission, and he currently oversees the Multicultural Advisory Committee.

Lieutenant Bierdeman


Brian Bierdeman
Phone: 651-249.2606
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Lieutenant Daniel Busack

Dan began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in August of 1999.

He currently co-supervises the patrol division with Lt. Bierdeman. Together they supervise six patrol sergeants. Both patrol lieutenants are also responsible for professional development and recruiting. His other duties include overseeing the Community Oriented Policing and Outreach program, the Field Training Officer Program, and the Street Crimes Unit. 

Over the course of his career, Dan has held a number of different positions in the department, including:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • Firearms/Use of Force Instructor
  • Firearms/Use of Force Program Coordinator
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Investigative Sergeant
  • Field Training Unit Coordinator
  • Investigative Lieutenant 


Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas and has recently gone back to school to attain his Master’s Degree. 

Community Outreach and Involvement

Dan is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities, is a department representative on the Maplewood Police Department’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, and oversees Community Outreach for the police department.

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Daniel Busack
Phone: 651-249-2607
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Lieutenant Kerry Helle

Kerry Helle was sworn in as a police officer with the Maplewood Police Department in February 1996.

She is currently assigned as the supervisor of the Support Services Division. Support Services includes the records department, property and evidence room, crime analyst, the Community Service Officers, and animal control. 

Kerry’s other positions and assignments throughout her career in Maplewood include: 

  • Patrol officer 
  • Field Training Officer 
  • Paramedic 
  • Retail Crime Officer 
  • Patrol Sergeant 
  • Administrative Sergeant 
  • Patrol Lieutenant 
  • Investigative Lieutenant 
  • Support Services Lieutenant 

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Cloud State University and attended paramedic school at Inver Hills Community College. 

Lieutenant Helle

Kerry Crotty


Kerry Helle
Phone: 651-249-2605
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