Minot hires new Chief of Police

Minot Police Department Capt. John Klug has been hired as Minot’s new Chief of Police, effective Feb. 1. He replaces current Police Chief Jason Olson, who has held the position since April 2012 and will retire Jan. 31.

Klug has been a member of the Minot Police Department for nearly 25 years, most recenting serving as Patrol Commander. He is a graduate of the Peace Officers Training Course and Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command program. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in management and graduated from the FBI National Academy.

“I am excited for the challenges the new position will bring and for the opportunity to lead the men and women who work at the Minot Police Department,” Klug said. “I owe Chief Olson many thanks for his mentorship and the opportunities he has given me to advance my career. I hope to continue to bolster the excellent relationship we have with the community.”

Klug was chosen after the City of Minot conducted a national search. The three finalists, including Klug and two external candidates, were interviewed by three panels. All panel members reached a consensus to offer the position to Klug.

Klug will be officially sworn in during a pinning ceremony at the Feb. 3 City Council meeting.