Bogdonovich takes over as Mar-Mac Police Chief


Jason Bogdonovich (third from right) was offered, and accepted, the position of Mar-Mac Police Chief at the Sept. 3 Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission meeting. Bogdonovich is pictured with police commission members (left to right) Robyn Denning, Tracy Melver, Norma Mason, Gay Hallberg and Rogeta Halvorson. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Jason Bogdonovich was offered, and accepted, the position of Mar-Mac Police Chief at the Sept. 3 Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission meeting.

 

“Thank you,” Bogdonovich said to the commission after accepting the position. “Now we can move forward and get some things done.”

 

Bogdonovich had been serving as the interim chief since early June, when former chief Randy Grady resigned.

 

The commission had considered two other applicants, but Bogdonovich was ultimately offered the salaried position, at a minimum of 43 hours per week. After 90 days on the job, the police commission will do an oral review with Bogdonovich, then a written review after six months.

 

Since Bogdonovich was a department officer prior to accepting the interim position, the commission now has to select an officer for that vacated position. The commission agreed to fill the position internally, and will consider the department’s group of reserve officers.

 

Bogdonovich, who is also a member of the McGregor City Council, and was up for re-election this year, resigned his seat at a Sept. 9 special council meeting.

 

“We’re going to miss you, but we won’t be losing you,” said McGregor Mayor Gay Hallberg at the meeting.

 

Both Hallberg and concilwoman Rogeta Halvorson expressed interest in seeing either Bogdonovich or other members of the police force at city council meetings.

 

“We want to see the police back at meetings,” Halvorson said. “I think the chief should be here to know what’s going on in the cities.”

 

“Even if [Jason] can’t be here, we’d still like to see a body in the seats,” Hallberg said.

 

While the council considered finding an interim replacement for the seat, the members ultimately agreed to leave the seat vacant until it is filled in the upcoming November election.

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