Lee has over three decades experience in public safety, leadership and instruction. His passion is building culture, leading organizations through challenges and creating positive change. Before joining Eckberg Lammers, Lee was the public safety director and police chief for the City of Woodbury, MN. Prior to that, he worked 18 years as a police officer and patrol sergeant. Throughout his career, Lee has taught classes and developed curriculum for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and has consulted and instructed on numerous topics including coaching, emerging leadership, implicit bias and management and supervision.
Lee has presented locally, regionally and nationally as a keynote speaker and panelist for the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, St. Cloud State University School of Public Affairs, Michigan State University and the National Homeland Security Association.
As a public safety leader, Lee has extensive experience in managing organizational change, navigating critical incidents, boosting employee engagement and implementing health and wellness strategies. Lee has shown that organizations thrive when leaders support their staff, prioritize culture and have an ongoing commitment to the principals of equity and inclusion.
Lee was recognized in 2021 as the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Officer of the Year. In 2022 he was awarded the Police Star. Upon retirement, he held a secret level clearance from the United States Department of Justice.
Outside of his work, Lee enjoys travel and spending time with his family. Lee is also a musician, playing guitar and singing around town and at his church, St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis.