DNR Enforcement Division names new operations manager

(Released July 3, 2014)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that Capt. Greg Salo will be promoted to the rank of major and named the Enforcement Division’s operations manager effective July 16.

Greg Salo

Greg Salo

Salo replaces Maj. Phil Meier who retires July 15 after nearly 40 years with the DNR.

The operations manager directs the division’s field operations, which includes public contacts and field response, customer service, human-wildlife management conflict, and law enforcement.

Salo joined the DNR in 2007 after spending 13 years with the Fridley Police Department, including more than three years as a sergeant. He was initially assigned to the DNR’s Mora field station before moving to the Cambridge station. He spent two years working the East Metro station before being promoted to captain and Region 3 Enforcement supervisor in September 2010. Salo also served as a DNR Enforcement Division use of force instructor and firearms instructor.

During his tenure with the Fridley Police Department, Salo was in charge of the use of force program and predatory offender program, as well as liquor, gambling, and tobacco compliance and the ‘Safe and Sober’ grant. He also was the field training coordinator, worked undercover with the problem response team, and worked with pawn shops and the automated pawn system.