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Police chief resigns to go back to school

Police Chief Hoaby resigns; hiring search underway

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Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby

Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby will be going back to school after his stint as chief ends in August.

Hoaby resigned as chief of police effective Aug. 10, according to Perham City Manager Jonathan Smith.

"I have been the police chief for the past 10 years and have enjoyed serving the community," Hoaby said. "I have always appreciated the support the community gives to the police department which is why this has been a difficult decision."

Hoaby said his decision to resign was not made hastily and that he will probably be staying in law enforcement for now.

The reason for his resignation is due to his decision to go back to school. Right now is just a good time to do it personally and is something that he has been wanting to do for some time, Hoaby said.

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The City of Perham will be advertising the chief of police position until July 7 at which time there will hopefully be a few candidates to interview, according to Smith. "We hope to have someone hired and assuming the role of chief by Aug. 10," Smith said.

"Applications will be scored to determine the interview group. We are hoping to conduct interviews the week of July 13," City of Perham's Administrative Assistant Heather Hoeft said. "Second interviews will be conducted the week of July 20 if necessary. An offer of employment will be made contingent on the results of a background check. We would like to have someone hired for the position prior to Aug. 10 to allow for training with Chief Hoaby."

The current annual salary of the Perham Chief of Police, rounded up, is $79,900, according to Smith.

Hoaby, a 2000 graduate of Perham High School, has been Perham's police chief since Aug. 9, 2010, according to Perham Focus archives. Prior to returning to Perham, Hoaby had been a New York Mills patrol officer from 2004 until 2008, when he became the New York Mills chief of police.

Hoaby ran unsuccessfully in 2018 for Otter Tail County Sheriff . In 2014, Hoaby was also the first of three Perham officers to become a licensed pilot.

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