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Police chief finalist named

A new Red Wing police chief has been hired, pending approval from the City Council on Monday.

Roger Pohlman, who currently works with the Grand Forks (N.D.) Police Department, was chosen to take over after current Chief Tim Sletten retires.

The city's personnel committee and interview panel have been searching for a new chief after Sletten announced in May he would retire this fall. His last day is Oct. 31. Pohlman would begin Oct. 15, overlapping with Sletten for training.

Pohlman has a military background with a career in security with the Air Force, serving as a lieutenant in the Army National Guard. He's a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He has worked with the Grand Forks Police Department since 1986 and currently is lieutenant in the Office of Professional Standards.

He also has experience in emergency services.

"So many things kind of matched up," Kuhlmann said of his background and Red Wing's needs.

Pohlman has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, a master's in human resources and is working on a master's in management.

He also is on the Grand Forks School Board and has had various leadership roles in his church and police and military organizations.

The chief position was posted internally first, but the right candidate was not found. The city received seven applications after posting the chief position externally.

The group determined three were qualified, and after one withdrew from the process two were interviewed.

Pohlman was made a conditional offer in mid-August, pending background and psychological exams. He has completed those requirements, and his offer was made Aug. 31.

"I'm happy it was done in a real timely manner," she said.

Pohlman would start at a salary of $82,243, eligible for an increase after the first six months.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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