Det. Dean Corder Retires

Yesterday was Detective Dean Corder’s last day with the EPPD after a 30-year career in Eden Prairie. Det. Corder began working for the EPPD in 1987 and served as a detective from 1993 until his retirement. During his 26 years as an investigator, Det. Corder worked on, and solved, hundreds of cases including homicides, bank robberies, armed robberies, assaults, fraud and theft.

In many of the cases Det. Corder worked on, he took the lead when multiple jurisdictions were involved. He built relationships with investigators in other agencies and worked diligently to solve metro area crimes, even when Eden Prairie had fewer victims than other communities.

At his retirement celebration yesterday, Chief Jim DeMann presented Det. Corder with the Department’s Career Achievement Award which pays tribute to an employee for a great length of career accomplishments. The award read, in part:

“Det. Corder has a reputation both inside and outside of Eden Prairie as a calm and thorough investigator who is patient, persistent and creative. During his career, Det. Corder worked on several high-profile and complex cases.

In the summer of 2016, Det. Corder was the lead investigator on a homicide case that occurred in a residence in Eden Prairie. The suspect fled to the West Coast and after a thorough, six-week investigation, the suspect was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.

In early 2015, Det. Corder was the lead investigator into a string of home burglaries throughout the metro that occurred when homeowners were attending theatre performances. Through a diligent and in-depth investigation, Det. Corder and other investigators arrested the suspect who was linked to 42 burglaries in 19 communities, totaling $1 million in losses which included 22 firearms.

In 2012 Det. Corder investigated a conflict of interest case for another city involving a public official accused of financially exploiting a vulnerable adult. The case was both sensitive and time-consuming and required a great amount of detail work, patience and professionalism. Det. Corder demonstrated these qualities and more, which eventually led to a conviction for the suspect and praise from the Hennepin County Attorney for the way the case was investigated.

In 2013 Det. Corder helped investigate the disappearance of Eden Prairie resident Mandy Matula. While the investigation was a true team effort, the work by Det. Corder played a vital role throughout the six-month investigation. His resourcefulness, compassion and investigative knowledge helped to move the investigation forward, even when it became evident that the case was most likely a recovery, rather than a rescue.

Throughout his tenure in Eden Prairie, Det. Corder has exhibited the highest ideals of our profession – integrity, professionalism, fairness and exemplary service. We will greatly miss his contributions to our department and city.

We wish Det. Corder all the best in the next chapter of his life.