Robbinsdale Police Chief Jim Franzen Plans to Retire this Month
Robbinsdale Police Chief Jim Franzen is retiring at the end of the month after spending more than two decades with the city. He started as a Robbinsdale police reserve in 1979, eventually getting hired as a patrol officer in 1986.
Franzen would move on to the Eden Prairie Police Department, where he spent 20 years, before finding his way back to Robbinsdale in 2008. He became Robbinsdale’s police chief in 2014.
“I live in Robbinsdale, and I really enjoy working in the community that I serve because I have a personal stake in the quality of our police services,” he said.
The top cop says he’s seen all kinds of incidents during his tenure, some of them bizarre. He remembers the time someone climbed up on top of the water tower and wouldn’t come down.
He also had many other police experiences that were either beautiful or heartbreaking.
“I’ve seen people come into this world. I’ve been with people when they’ve exited this world,” said Franzen. “I’ve held people’s hands, I’ve prayed with people. I’ve tried to get people situated with different resources.”
Franzen will Miss Coworkers, Working with Residents
Franzen’s last day is July 31. He says he will miss his coworkers and the residents he served for many years.
“You build this camaraderie as you’re going through all these things together through all these years,” he said. “It’s going to be kind of hard to leave that.”
Franzen plans on enjoying the rest of summer, doing work around the house and maybe volunteer in the future.