The Dilworth, Minnesota, city council approved hiring Pine River Police Chief Josh Ebert as police chief Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Ebert, who has been with Pine River Police Department since June of 2003, has accepted the job and will start his new position in Dilworth March 5.
Ebert's last official day with the City of Pine River is Feb. 21.
According to the Fargo Forum newspaper, Ebert was one of two finalists for the position, and was chosen for his experience and education in law enforcement.
Pine River Mayor Jim Sabas said the council would discuss staffing decisions at the next city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The council may appoint an interim police chief at that meeting.
Currently Ebert oversees full-time police sergeant Chad Bouc and two part-time police officers, Shawn Birr and Nathan Gainey. In his new position he'll be supervising five full-time and two part-time officers, as well as a secretary, Ebert said.
The city of Dilworth, east of Moorhead, has around 4,300 citizens.
Moving to the Dilworth area will offer him career and educational opportunities, Ebert said. He will be pursuing a master's degree in criminal justice in the future.
Ebert will be paid about $63,400 per year in Dilworth, with a review and potential for a raise in six months, according to the Forum.
Previously he was making approximately $50,000 annually as Pine River police chief.
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