North St. Paul appoints new police chief

North St. Paul appoints new police chief

Phil Babenroth replaces Tom Loth, the new North St. Paul Police Chief, who retires after 32 years in the department.

North St Paul has appointed Phil Babenroth as the city’s new police chief. He will take oath on September 7. (Courtesy of North St. Paul)

To the east of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Babenroth will be sworn in at the next City County meeting on September 7.

Baebonroth has over 12 years of law enforcement experience. With Ramsey County he served as the commander of the patrol operations and was co-commander of the Ramsey County SWAT team. He created the Sheriff’s Office Drone Team and was the leader of Ramsey County School Resource Officers.

He has worked in many areas of law enforcement, including correctional facilities, courthouses and mortgage foreclosure sales, he said.

Babenroth, who lives in St. Michael’s, said he was excited to get to know the people of North St. Paul.

“I know this is a small, tight-knit community that loves the city, and they have a lot of passion and pride in the city,” he said. “My first strategy is just to get to know everyone within the department and in the community as much as I can.”

A native of South Minneapolis and a graduate of De LaSalle High School, Babenroth has a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership from Concordia University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership.