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Interim Police Chief presents to Hancock City Council, will work more hours

Matt Flogstad

HANCOCK, Minn. Interim Hancock Police Chief Matt Flogstad gave his first report to the Hancock City Council at their meeting on Monday.

Flogstad told the council he is currently working 40 hours every two weeks for the city, but easily has enough work organizing the office and patrolling around the city to put in more hours.

"I'm trying to get [the office] clean and presentable so the public feels that it's a good place to come into," Flogstad said. "I want people to come in and talk to me."

Flogstand also told the council his goal for the week is to get the car out and seen in the community now that he is in uniform and the patrol car has the necessary equipment.

In response to Flogstad's suggestion for more hours, the council authorized him to work up to 60 hours every two weeks through the end of October.

Flogstad began work in Hancock on Sept. 29, and his first day out on patrol and first day in uniform was Oct. 10. He is currently working part time for the Stevens County Sheriff's Department and part time in Hancock.

The council also decided to postpone posting a job description for a new police chief. City clerk Andrea Swenson plans to continue researching salary and benefits for the position.

Senior housing facility project updates

Deb Newhouse came to the city council to update members on the Economic Development Authority's plans for a senior living facility.

At the last EDA meeting, the group agreed to put its name on the senior living facility to give the project non-profit status as a benefit to those looking to donate to the project.

Newhouse said she was asking the council for a sign of approval before the plans for the facility and the EDA's involvement were publicized further.

The council voted 4 to 1 in favor of offering the support of the city council as the EDA moves forward with the project. Council members Bruce Malo, Bruce Schmidgall, Brett Nelson and Dennis Schroeder voted in favor, while council member Jeff Kisgen was opposed.