The city of Perham has announced the name of the new Perham police chief who will be replacing Chief Jason Hoaby.

James Gritz has accepted the position and will be taking over from Hoaby starting Aug. 24; Gritz's acceptance of the position is contingent on the outcome of a full background check, according to Heather Hoeft, the city of Perham's administrative assistant.

Gritz's starting salary will be $63,123.26, Hoeft said.

According to Perham City Manager Jonathan Smith, Hoaby's annual salary was, rounded up, $79,900.

Prior to accepting the position as Perham's police chief, Gritz has been the police chief in both New York Mills and Bertha, according to Hoeft. Gritz has also worked for the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office as a court security officer and as a corrections officer as well as an EMT with Perham Emergency Medical Services.

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Hoaby resigned his position as chief of police effective Aug. 10. in order to return to school.

Hoeft said, that the offer of employment was made on Friday, July 17, and the position does not need to be approved by the City Council.

The Perham Police Department employs five full-time officers, three to four part-time officers, and one full-time administrative assistant and has an annual departmental budget of $764,841, according to Smith.