A lieutenant within the Isanti Police Department has been hired as the new police chief.
During the Isanti City Council meeting Tuesday, April 1, the City Council approved the appointment of Gene Hill as chief of police.
Hill, who has been with the Isanti Police Department in varying capacities since June 2004, has been serving as acting police chief since Ron Sager’s retirement in late February.
Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in organized leadership and management. He will have an annual base salary of $75,005.
Per City Council direction, the position was posted internally, and there were a total of two applicants. After interviews were held with both candidates, a contingent offer was made to Hill and a background check was performed.
Isanti Mayor George Wimmer said Hill will do a wonderful job as police chief.
“Gene has done a great job for us in his lieutenant position, and we expect even better and greater things from him as our chief,” Wimmer said. “All city council members were very supportive of his appointment as chief, and we couldn’t think of anyone else who could do as great of job as him. We all thank Gene for his past service, and his service going forward.”
Street dances, vendor fair this summer
The council approved a special event application to hold downtown street dances from 7-11 p.m. at the intersection of First Avenue and Main Street on June 21 (Chris Brooks Band); July 19 (Boogie Wonderland); and Aug. 16 (Rock It Science).
Community Events and Parks Coordinator Josi Wood explained in her staff memo that the street dances will require street closures for participant safety. Main Street will be closed from just west of the railroad tracks to Second Avenue. First Avenue will be closed from the alley south of Main Street to the alley north of Main Street before City Hall. The closures will begin at approximately 3 p.m. the day of the street dance.
The council also approved a special event application for a vendor fair to be held from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Also this day, the Rum River Rods Isanti Weekly Car Show Grand Finale will be held on Main Street, as well as the street dance.