Thursday June 30 is Police Chief Rob Reynolds’ last day in office. Today his colleagues, friends and family looked back on his 31-year career in Eden Prairie and sent him on his way with their best wishes and a few gifts.
Chief Reynolds was hired as an Eden Prairie officer in 1985. During his tenure he achieved every rank available in Eden Prairie: officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and chief. He also served as a school liaison officer and was a member of the Emergency Response Unit (now called SWAT team).
For the last nine years Chief Reynolds served as Police Chief. During his tenure he created a long-range planning process for the department called Vision for Success that takes employee feedback and law enforcement trends and develops initiatives for the department.
Chief Reynolds’ legacy also includes the three guiding principles he had for police department employees:
- Provide service beyond expectation.
- Take responsibility for moving yourself and the organization forward.
- Come to work each day with genuine enthusiasm for what you do.
Chief Reynolds lived these guidelines and expected his staff to do the same.
He loved to have fun on the job and his colleagues recognized that with a few appropriate gifts including a remote-controlled Toyota Prius (Chief Reynolds’ city-issued car was a Prius) and a longboard with the signatures of all police staff on it (Chief Reynolds would occasionally ride his longboard to the office instead of driving).
On behalf of the entire community, we thank Chief Reynolds for his dedication to the Eden Prairie Police Department and the residents of Eden Prairie. We are grateful for his strong leadership and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.