About Paul Hoppe

A Lifelong Resident of Washington County

Born and raised in Washington County, Paul has called communities across the county home at one point or another in his life. As a young child, Paul's family lived in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport. Throughout Paul's teenage years, he was raised in the Afton-Lakeland area, attended school in Bayport and graduated from Stillwater High School. After starting his own family, Paul lived in Mahtomedi, Oak Park Heights, and West Lakeland; Paul currently calls the City of Scandia home with his wife and four children. As a life-long resident of Washington County, Paul understands what "quality of life" means to residents in communities across the County. A lifestyle that has always drawn Paul and his family to and others deserve to raise their families in; as Paul did his own.

Paul believes that our journey is in preparation for something meaningful, and diverse experiences better prepare us for opportunity. Paul's past opportunities have include serving Washington County Sheriff's Office, Oak Park Heights Police Department and currently serves as the Public Safety Director / Police Chief for the City of Wyoming for the past nine years leading Police, Fire, and Emergency Management. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, a Master's Degree from the University of St. Thomas in Police Administration, and 27 years serving the public add to Paul's effectiveness as a public safety leader. As an award-winning innovator and progressive leader, Paul understand the importance of fostering partnerships that lead to creative problem-solving; demonstrated and proven leadership motivated by “Taking Action and Getting Results”. Visionary leadership that will be required to progress Washington County Sheriff's Office into the future.

Paul has always believed servant leadership is an imporant part of public service. The belief that you are a servant first and serve the benefit of the whole before you consider yourself, putting the needs of others before your own. Paul has served our communties youth his entire career.  Paul believes that successful youth intervention starts well before youth enter the criminal justice system, that strong adult role models have a significant influence on how our youth develop.  As a volunteer youth football coach in the Stillwater and Woodbury communties for two decades, Paul's committment to our youth has helped shape many of todays young adults.  As a board member for the Lakes Center for Youth and Families for the past 10 years, his selfless dedication to volunteering for, and meaningful engagment with our youth continues. 

Paul and his wife Lucy live in the City of Scandia and have four adult children born and raised in Washington County.  A daughter who lives in Woodbury working in the retail industry, a son attending San Diego State University in the engineering program and cadet with the United States Air Force, a son attending St. Cloud State University in Special Education and a son attending Century College while living in Scandia.  Paul and Lucy can often be found enjoying the amenities offered by communities throughout Washington County.  

Washington County deserves a leader who is Committed to Community and Dedicated to Progress. Paul looks forward to the opportunity to serve the residents and businesses of Washington County through meaningful community partnerships.

Committed to Community, Dedicated to Progress