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.

Community Involvement

  • 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 Association

  • Vice President of the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Authority Board

  • Member of the Unmanned Aerial Research Compliance Committee

  • Member of the Social Detox Committee

  • VFW Member

  • 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              



Iraq copy

This picture, painted by a North Dakota Resident deployed with Chief Nelson on one of his tours in Afghanistan, hangs in his office.