According to a story in the Swift County Monitor-News, Clarkfield Police Chief Ian Hodge has been hired by the City of Benson as its Police Chief.
Hodge has served as the Chief of Police for Clarkfield and Boyd since 2005. Prior to that he worked as a corrections officer for the Clay County Sheriff’s Department in Moorhead as an officer.
According to Clarkfield City Administrator Scott Weske, Hodge received the contract offer this past Saturday and accepted Benson’s offer on Monday. By Tuesday morning Hodge had turned in his letter of resignation to Clarkfield.
“I’ve known about this for a while now,” said Weske. “But, these things happen a lot, where people apply for a new job and go through the process. You really don’t get too excited about it until they’re offered the job. [Benson’s] people had been in here on a background check. And I obviously gave him a glowing review, because he’s such a great guy.”
Weske said the city is beginning the search for an interim Police Chief immediately.
“I’m going to miss him,” said Weske. “It’ll be tough not having him to call on.”