The City of Mankato is making changes to public safety. They say it’s to maximize unification. By having a public safety department for the past 34 years where police and fire staff are combined, the city has substantial resources to deploy to keep the community safe.  Facilities are positioned for optimal response times.

Over the last 24 months, the city has worked closely with a local ambulance service to improve response by partnering to locate additional ambulance services in the former State Street fire station building, align emergency medical protocols and train with ambulance staff on response.  The city has also deployed Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in all public safety vehicles (police and fire) with funding from Mayo Clinic Health System.

With the recent retirement of Mankato’s previous public safety director, city management took the opportunity to review all aspects of service delivery to even further deliberately unify safety services to best serve the community. Following a several month study and the internal appointment of Director of Public Safety Amy Vokal, additional leadership appointments–all internal–and expanded areas of service responsibility include:

  • Jeremy Clifton, assistant director–operations including police patrol, fire suppression and emergency response
  • Matt DuRose, assistant director–strategic response includes investigations, hazard/threat planning, records and rental/license code enforcement
  • Jeff Bengtson, associate director–auxiliary services, community service officers, paid on-call firefighters and nuisance abatements

Dan Schisel, associate director–auxiliary services, community service officers, paid on-call firefighters and nuisance abatements