Grand Forks School Board chair resigns to become Red Wing police chief

Roger Pohlman has resigned as president of the Grand Forks, N.D., school board because he’s got a new job: chief of police in Red Wing, Minn., reports the Grand Forks Herald.

Pohlman, who’d been a police lieutenant in Grand Forks, will replace veteran Red Wing Police Chief Tim Sletten, who’s retiring this month after almost 34 years on the force, says the Rochester paper.

Pohlman was elected to the Grand Forks school board in 2008 and became president last year. He’d been on the city police force for 16 years, and previously served on the Grand Forks Air Base school board.

In Red Wing, Sletten is remembered as a popular chief who appeared with an FBI agent on the “America’s Most Wanted” television show in 2001, when a bank robbery suspect abducted his young daughter and fled. After the show, the suspect was caught in Ohio.

Sletten’s father was once police chief in Northfield, and Sletten’s brother is chief deputy for the Rice County Sheriff’s Office, the story said.

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