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Lt. Troy Hischer(’92) for Police Chief

Source:westfargopioneer.com

Two police chief candidates here, both with ties to West Fargo and both who stress having an open-door policy with staff, each spent a full day this week taking questions from city officials, police and media in hopes of being chosen for the job.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Heith Janke and North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer interviewed Wednesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 8, respectively.

Janke and Hischer were selected as finalists last month from 11 applicants.

On their respective interview days, Janke and Hischer each attended blocks of meet-and-greet opportunities in which city and police staff visited with the candidates and asked questions. Each also met individually with Mayor Rich Mattern, toured the police department and took part in a mock press conference.

Throughout the day, city commissioners dropped by for different sessions. Members of a panel who interviewed the initial 11 candidates and selected finalists based on a ranking system also attended events. That panel is comprised of City Administrator Tina Fisk, West Fargo Human Resources Administrator Jenna Wilm, Fire Chief Dan Fuller, Commissioner Mark Wentz and Fargo Training and Development Coordinator Mike Mitchell.

Fisk said her group will meet on Friday to discuss the recent interviews. Wilm said the group may make a hiring recommendation to the City Commission or it may decide more steps are needed.

Hischer, a University of Jamestown graduate and cancer survivor, started his law enforcement career as a Devils Lake police officer, where he served for about two years. He has been a member of the North Dakota Highway Patrol since January 1997.

He began his work as a trooper stationed in Rolla before moving up the ranks and into the Fargo office. He now supervises a staff of more than 22.

Hischer said he would like to institute clear guideposts for officers to obtain promotions and leadership skills. While Hischer said he believes the department should follow chain of command, he also said that he would consider if the current department structure needs changes and he would remain involved in police work.

“It’s not about what I want, it’s about what is good for the department,” he said Thursday during his presentation.

Hischer said if named chief, he would continue to work in uniform on the streets.

“My greatest strength is my experience,” Hischer said. “I like being in uniform, I like being part of the department. I have no intention of losing my skills.”

Hischer currently lives in West Fargo with his wife and four children.

“I work for a good agency and I’m happy where I’m at, but I could be happy in West Fargo,” Hischer said.

Hischer graduated from UJ in 1992 with Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science.

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Posted:June 15, 2017


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