Jim Mortenson is the Executive Director of Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). He grew up in a small town on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota. After graduating from Greenway High School, he went on to obtain his Law Enforcement Degree from Hibbing Technical College. He started his law enforcement career and worked full-time for the Keewatin Police Department until he transferred to the St. Cloud Police Department in 1990. While employed at the St. Cloud Police Department, he attended various trainings and leadership courses at Northwestern University, Southern Police Institute, and the FBI National Academy. Jim completed his master’s degree in Public Safety Executive Leadership (PSEL) at St. Cloud State University.
After spending 32 years in law enforcement, he retired from the St. Cloud Police Department at the rank of Lieutenant. Because Jim desired a means to give back to the profession that gave so much to him during his career, he took a position at LELS working as a Business Agent and was later promoted to Executive Director. Jim is married with two children and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and snowmobiling.
Mark Schneider is General Counsel of Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS) and oversees the LELS Legal Team while assisting Members with internal affairs, employment, grievance and contract matters. Mark also is involved in legislative issues concerning law enforcement and assists with drafting new or amended legislation. Mark is admitted before the state and federal courts in Minnesota and represents LELS in various matters before the District and Appellate Courts in Minnesota.
Prior to joining LELS, Mark was in the private practice of law, practicing in the areas of civil litigation and representing law enforcement groups with contract, discipline, and grievance matters. Mark also was a municipal prosecutor in Hennepin County. In that capacity, Mark assisted in officer training, continuing legal education courses for attorneys and was one of the attorneys who represented the State of Minnesota during the Intoxilyzer 5000 EN-Source Code litigation.
Mark received his BA from the University of Minnesota and graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, cum laude. Mark also is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and has an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell, voted upon by peers and the judiciary. Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, adult children, and grandkids.
Scott Higbee is a Staff Attorney at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). He joined the team in 2011. He has represented members in internal affairs, employment, grievance/arbitration and contract matters. Scott is admitted before all courts in the State of Minnesota, the United States District of Minnesota Court, The Eight Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to joining LELS, Scott was in the private practice of law, practicing in various areas primarily representing unions and employees in both the private and public sectors. Scott successfully represented a group of 136 employees laid off in violation of the Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act and represented the Defendant Union in in the landmark Eveleth Mines sexual harassment litigation.
Scott is proud of his Black Hills roots and earned his BA from the South Dakota State University before graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Law, cum laude. Scott is active in his community and has volunteered as a youth athletics coach for several sports and served on City commissions. Scott is married with three adult children and five grandchildren.
Kim Sobieck is a Staff Attorney at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). She joined the team in 2016. She was a LELS Business Agent from 2009 until she was hired as an attorney. Prior to her tenure at LELS, Kim worked in a private law firm. Her practice included employment investigations, data practices, and civil litigation. Kim began her career as an Assistant Isanti County Attorney. Kim attended Hamline University and received a B.A. in Political Science. She went to law school at the University of Minnesota and received a J.D.
Jon Gates is a Business Agent at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). Jon has ten years of licensed law enforcement experience with the City of Robbinsdale and was a reserve officer with Robbinsdale prior to his licensed tenure. While working within the Robbinsdale Police Department, Jon was a patrol officer, traffic officer and detective. He also served as a firearms instructor, field training officer, reserve coordinator, and was a union steward for seven years.
Because he so thoroughly enjoyed his time as a steward, Jon took a position at LELS as a Business Agent to further advocate for public safety professionals throughout the State of Minnesota. Jon is married with two children and enjoys music, hiking, baseball, spending time with his kids and all things nerdy.
Jeff Johnson is a Business Agent with Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). He grew up in a small town in Wisconsin near Hudson. After graduating from high school, Jeff attended Chippewa Valley Regional College and obtained his law enforcement certification in 1987. He began his law enforcement career working for several agencies in Wisconsin. In 1997 he was hired by the Orono Police Department and worked there until 2004 when he was hired by the Golden Valley Police Department. Jeff went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in 2007 and his master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in 2013. He also attended Northwestern’s 2013 School of Police Staff and Command class #341 and was chosen as the Kreml Award recipient.
Jeff retired from Golden Valley Police in September of 2020 and took a position with LELS as a Business Agent. Jeff felt a strong desire to continue to work with police officers and give back to a profession that he loved so much and working at LELS allows him to do this. Jeff is married and has five daughters, two granddaughters and a grandson.
Keith Terlinden is a Business Agent for Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). Keith graduated Glencoe High School and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Mankato State University and a master’s degree in Leadership/Management from Concordia University, St. Paul. Keith recently retired after a 29-year career in law enforcement as a Police Captain with the Maple Grove Police Department. Prior to his career in Maple Grove, Keith worked on a part-time basis for Sacred Heart, Brownton, Glencoe, and the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department. Keith has attended trainings on leadership, emergency management, internal affairs, special weapons and tactics, and is a graduate of the 243 Session of the FBI National Academy. Keith is married with three children and hobbies include all this outdoors.
Adam Burnside is a Business Agent with Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). He grew up in Clay county in northwest Minnesota. After graduating from Glyndon-Felton High School, he went on to obtain his Social Studies teaching degree from Moorhead State University. He taught Social Studies in the Barnesville and Dilworth-Glyndon Felton school districts for 14 years. During those years he also became heavily involved in the union, acting in various positions, including member rights advocate, lead negotiator, and president. In 2007 he worked part time for Education Minnesota and in 2009 left teaching to begin work at LELS.
Adam is dedicated to protecting union rights and acting as a check against the imbalance that exists within the employee-employer relationship. Adam is married with three children and enjoys hunting, traveling, and attending live music shows.
Jessica is a Business Agent and an Attorney at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). She is a 2011 William Mitchell College of Law graduate, where she was recognized with the honors of MSBA’s Excellence in Labor Law Award and the CALI Award in the Employment Law Workshop.
Jessica started her career in private practice representing Plaintiffs in various civil matters. Jessica has had the privilege of arguing an unemployment appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
In 2016, she brought her experience and passion for those who serve to Law Enforcement Labor services. As a daughter of a retired police officer, Jessica understands the specific needs of LELS’ members as well as their unique struggles. She is honored to serve those who serve.
Jay Maher is a Business Agent with Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). He grew up in Dakota County. After high school he went to Saint Paul Technical college studying in the hospitality industry. After several years, he returned to college to pursue a degree in law enforcement. He was hired in 1989 by Ramsey County, starting out in the jail. He worked 6 years in the inmate housing areas and 6 years in an administrative role securing contracts for goods and services in the Jail. In 2001 he went into the Special Investigation unit, serving there until promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Civil Process. In 2007 he was transferred back to Special Investigations and worked on an operation regarding the Republican National Convention. In 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Commander and assigned as one of the Watch Commanders.
After his retirement in 2017, he accepted a Business Agent position with LELS. He has two children and two grandchildren. He is currently training his 4th hunting dog, and enjoys hunting, fishing and a good game of cribbage.
Rick Mathwig is a Business Agent at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). He grew up outside a small town in southern Minnesota. After graduating from high school, he graduated with a Criminal Justice Degree from Bemidji State University. He started his law enforcement career and worked full-time for the Roseville Police Department in 1989. After a few years, Rick decided to leave Roseville and accepted a job as a special agent for the SD Division of Criminal Investigation. The job was great, but the rest of South Dakota wasn’t to his liking, so he returned to Roseville. While employed at the Roseville Police Department, he attended various trainings and leadership courses at Northwestern University, the FBI National Academy and was active with the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. Rick completed his master’s degree in Police Leadership, Education and Administration with St. Thomas University.
After spending over 31 years in law enforcement, he retired from the Roseville Police Department after serving nearly 11 years as Chief of Police. Rick practiced Servant Leadership while a supervisor with the Roseville Police Department, so it made perfect sense to take a position at LELS working as a business agent. Rick is married with two adult children and enjoys sporting activities, especially baseball.
Sean McKnight is a Business Agent with Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). He obtained a Law Enforcement Degree from Normandale College, Bachelor of Science Degrees in Sociology, Psychology and Rhetoric from the University of MN, and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Management and Terrorism. He started his law enforcement career as a Licensed Deputy at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department in 1993. In 1994 he started with the Apple Valley Police Department, where he was a patrol officer, FTO, community engagement officer, detective and commander of the Dakota County Special Operations Team. As commander, he worked alongside firefighters, EMS and dispatch professionals serving Dakota County and the State of MN as part of MN Task Force One. He was also a union steward for 18 of those years. In 1998 he also began working part-time with the Metro Transit Police Department as a patrol officer. In August of 2019, Sean retired as a police officer with over 26 years of experience in Law Enforcement.
In August of 2019, Sean McKnight joined LELS as a Business Agent with a goal to work with cops and other members of public safety. With LELS he is able to assist members with contracts, discipline and all of the emerging challenges in public service.
Kevin McGrath is a Business Agent at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). He is one of the longest tenured business agents with LELS – hired in 2010. He grew up attending the Cathedral in St. Paul and later attended Archbishop Brady High School. Kevin also attended Inver Hills Community College, St. Mary’s College, St. Cloud State University and ultimately, Metro State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Law Enforcement.
Kevin enjoyed a career working for the City of Eagan. He worked Patrol, K-9, Drug Task Force, and Sex Crimes (child abuse) for many years. He was also promoted to Sergeant and worked in the detective unit until he retired in 2010. During his 25 plus years of service, Kevin helped negotiate labor contracts in every contract cycle except one. He helped negotiate settlements before issues became grievances and was known for enforcing union labor rights.
Jim Roberts is a Business Agent agent for Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). He started his law enforcement career in 1989 at the Golden Valley Police Department as a Community Service Officer/Dispatcher. Jim started working as a police officer for the New Hope Police Department in 1991 and returned to Golden Valley Police Department in 1993. While employed at Golden Valley Police Department, he had several assignments; School Resource Officer, Detective and retired in 2015 as a Patrol Sergeant. Jim completed his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University.
When an opening at LELS was available Jim was excited for the challenge of a new position and the opportunity to give back to the profession that gave so much to him during his career. Jim is married with two adult children and enjoys traveling, golf, and cooking.
Terry Olson is a Business Agent with Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). Prior to joining LELS, he worked as a Police Officer at the Brooklyn Center Police Department. He served as an instructor on the subjects of street-level drug enforcement and hotel and motel investigations as presented both within his Departments and also to experienced Police Officers and Skills students at Hennepin Technical College. While with the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Terry has remained active in his Unions over the course of his career, serving for three years as the Union Vice-President, and later Union President for 5 years. During this time Terry was proudly twice nominated for the LELS Lou Jeska Steward of the Year Award. In his personal life, Terry is married with two adult children. He’s an avid (and mediocre) hockey player, a confirmed car-guy, and he enjoys hunting and fishing whenever he can make time for either.
Renee Zachman is a Business Agent and Attorney at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). She is a 2015 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and is admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota. Renee has maintained a lifelong passion for union advocacy and enjoys representing the interests of working professionals. She prides herself on providing diligent legal representation and labor relations services to LELS members and finds great fulfillment in supporting the essential work of Minnesota’s law enforcement and public safety personnel.
Prior to beginning her full-time position with LELS in 2015, Renee worked as a law clerk for LELS, completed positions with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and the National Labor Relations Board, and argued before the Minnesota court of appeals in an unemployment compensation matter.
Renee is the wife of a metro-area law enforcement officer whom she met while the two completed undergraduate degrees at the University of North Dakota. In her personal time, she enjoys traveling (favorite destinations include snorkeling in Maui and hiking the Angels Landing trail at Zion National Park), driving classic cars, being outdoors with her two dogs, and spending down-time at the lake in her hometown of Brainerd.
Connie Deans is the Office Manager at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). Prior to joining the LELS team in 2017, she worked for 21 years as a Regional Human Resources Generalist for a transportation company.
She is responsible for managing the Administrative Team and the LELS office. Connie has been married for over 30 years and has three daughters. Her favorite pastimes are baking and watching reality television.
Senior Administrative Specialists
Kelly Schmeltzer is a Senior Administrative Specialist at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). She joined the LELS team in 2018. She graduated college with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. After college, Kelly worked as a Counselor, Case Manager, and Program Coordinator for a mental/behavioral health non-profit organization in Wisconsin that assessed and treated adolescents. Prior to joining LELS, Kelly was employed as a recruiter for an architectural and engineering firm out of Minneapolis. Additionally, Kelly coordinates an annual charitable golf tournament for the Suburban Law Enforcement Association. Kelly’s law enforcement connections and knowledge are vast, as her husband is retired law enforcement. They have 2 children and enjoy family activities that include golfing, fishing, hunting, 4 wheeling and snowmobiling.
Pennie Enghusen is a Senior Administrative Specialist at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). She is responsible for supporting the Legal Team, business agents and members of LELS. Prior to her career at LELS, Pennie worked in the private sector of law, specializing in civil litigation. Her most recent legal experience also involved support for an attorney who represented law enforcement personnel.
Pennie’s post-secondary education involves courses in the legal field at Hennepin Technical College. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, traveling, outside activities and relaxing at their cabin in Wisconsin.
Chloey Kellermann is a Senior Administrative Specialist at Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). Her position has an emphasis on creating data comparisons and visualizations. She grew up in Arlington, a small-town Southwest of the Cities. After graduating from Sibley East High School, she went on to obtain her Finance degree from Winona State University. During college, she worked as an inside sales intern as well as a seasonal financial planning & analysis intern for a building materials company. Following college graduation, she was hired as a project manager & data analyst with the company she had interned at. Subsequently, she was offered a position with LELS. In her free time, Chloey enjoys baking, having game nights, watching The Office, playing piano, and hiking.