May 13, 2019: Tanya Schwartz was hired as the Police Chief of Burnsville, Minn., by City Manager Melanie Mesko on Friday, May 10, 2019. Schwartz succeeds Eric Gieseke, who retired on April 30, 2019. Schwartz is Burnsville’s first female Police Chief. Schwartz was most recently a Captain, and she has worked as a Police Officer for more than twenty-three years, all at the Burnsville Police Department. She was first hired in 1995 as a Cadet and Community Service Officer. She was promoted in 1996 to Police Officer, and then to Sergeant in 2001; Detective Sergeant in 2009; and Captain in 2012. Schwartz has also worked on several committees and advisory boards during her tenure, according to a city press release. Schwartz received a master’s degree in public safety administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Augsburg College; and a law enforcement certificate from Metropolitan State University. She also graduated from the 264th Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The FBI is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice.