Park Police Chief Bradley Johnson pushed aside in mystery move
Looks like retirement has come a little sooner than expected for Minneapolis Park Police Chief Bradley Johnson, who suddenly and unceremoniously finds himself replaced by Lt. Linda Bergstrom. The shuffle was announced late Monday by interim park superintendent David Fisher and it takes effect immediately.
Why was Minneapolis Park Police Chief Bradley Johnson shown the door so suddenly?
The question is, why? Johnson has said he had planned to serve another year before stepping aside. WCCO and Fox 9 reported that Johnson had been fired. But he told KSTP that the move was part of an internal reorganization. His lawyer told the Strib that Johnson was retiring and not shown the door because of any work-related issues.
Johnson took over as chief in 2001 after a 25 year career with the Minneapolis Police Department. Bergstrom began her career with the park police in 1979 as a park patrol agent and slowly worked her way up through the ranks.
Here's the statement:
"The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has a new Director of Park Safety and Security. Superintendent David Fisher has appointed Lieutenant Linda Bergstrom as the Director of Park Safety and Security for the nationally acclaimed park system that includes 182 park properties and attracts an estimated 18 million visits each year. Bergstrom will assume her new role immediately, replacing Brad Johnson who has left the Park Board. Bergstrom has a long history of excellent service to the MPRB and to the residents of the City of Minneapolis. She began her career with the MPRB in 1979 as a park patrol agent, was promoted to park police officer in 1981, to sergeant in 1989 and to lieutenant in 2006."
The next Park Board meeting is July 21. Download the agenda here.