September 30, 2014

West Fargo Police History of Chiefs

The beginning of law enforcement protection for West Fargo began on February 15, 1937 when Andrew Walburg became the first constable.  Walburg worked part time and was later replaced by Cliff Berlin who served as a part time constable. 

The first full time Chief of Police was Lloyd "Smokey" Stensrud who was appointed on May 1, 1957.  Stensrud was joined by Les Lindblad in 1959. 

When Stensrud was elected Sheriff of Cass County in 1966, Lester Linblad was then appointed Chief of Police for West Fargo.  Lindblad served as Chief until 1973. 

Assistant Chief Ken Hansen took over the position of Chief of Police in 1975 and served until 1994 when he resigned because of health reasons.  Captain Dave Bruckner took over as Acting Chief of Police. 

On January 9, 1995, former Cass County Investigator Arland H. Rasmussen was appointed as Chief of Police and served until his retirement on June 20, 2014.

Mike Reitan was appointed as Chief of Police on June 21, 2014 and currently serves in that position after serving as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Captain, and Assistant Chief.