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Chief Mark Nelson started his career with the Grand Forks Police Department
in 1988 as a patrol officer, or as he puts it "pushing a squad
car". He has worked his way up the chain of command distinguishing
himself as an exceptional officer and leader.
Before accepting a position with the Grand Forks Police Department, back in
1988, Chief Nelson had only been to Grand Forks once in his life but quickly
fell in love with the people and the community. He has put down deep
roots raising four boys with his wife of 28 years.
"I genuinely like the community of Grand Forks. It's a solid
community, I've raised four children here. To be honest I've never looked
to go anywhere else" said Chief Nelson.
Chief Nelson has spent
33 years serving his country in the Reserves or National Guard
Member of the Fraternal Order of Police
Member of the North Dakota Police Chiefs
Vice President of the
Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Authority Board
Member of the Unmanned Aerial Research
Member of the Social Detox Committee
Over twenty (20) years in Scouting serving as a
Den Master, Den Leader and other roles to support Boy Scouts of America.
Mayor Michael R. Brown swearing in
Police Chief Mark Nelson December 17, 2014
picture, painted by a North Dakota Resident deployed with Chief Nelson on one
of his tours in Afghanistan, hangs in his office.