Former Dakota County sheriff overseeing EMS, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement programs
Dave Bellows, former sheriff of Dakota County, has been appointed interim director of emergency services at Inver Hills Community College. Bellows will oversee the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement programs for the next academic year (AY15–16).
Recently retired as Dakota County sheriff, Bellows served in law enforcement for 35 years. Before his election as sheriff, he held the ranks of chief deputy and commander with the Sheriff’s Office. His professional experience in law enforcement began in 1980 as a patrol officer with the Lakeville Police Department. During his time with Lakeville P.D., he held the ranks of detective, sergeant and lieutenant.
Before becoming a patrol officer, Bellows worked for three years as a paramedic for Divine Redeemer Hospital in South St. Paul. He has a Master in Public Administration from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Arts from Metropolitan State University. He is a graduate of the Paramedic program at the 916 Area Vocational Technical Institute.
Dave Bellows is an Inver Hills Law Enforcement alumnus and a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He serves on the Inver Hills Foundation Board as well as the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. In 2008, he was named an Inver Hills Outstanding Alumni.
His term as interim director of emergency services officially began July 1, 2015. Brad Wright, EMS faculty at the college, served as interim director for fall semester 2014 and as coordinator in spring semester 2015.
To learn more about Dave Bellows, read “Maintaining the Public Trust” in Inver Hills News.