Friends and colleagues give Atkinson sendoff
After growing up in Hudson and spending almost 12 years on the Hudson Police Force, colleagues become friends and that is how it was at a going away party held last Friday for Lt. Eric Atkinson at the department.
Atkinson has been a member of the HPD for 12 years and was named second in command to Chief Marty Jensen in January. He previously served as a patrol officer, field training officer, firearms instructor, investigator and detective sergeant He also served seven months as the interim chief of police in 2007-08.
When he assumes his new position as chief of the Menomonie Police Department, Atkinson will head a department of 17 patrol officers, four sergeants, two lieutenants, two detectives, a juvenile officer and eight civilian employees.
Atkinson's service to the city of Hudson was acknowledged in presentations from the city council and the police and fire commission as well as by HPD Chief Marty Jensen.
Atkinson said that it was an honor and a privilege to work with the officers of the Hudson Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the Hudson area and to serve the residents here.
Atkinson is a Hudson native. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1993 and UW-River Falls in 1997. He has a master's degree in police leadership and administration from St. Thomas University in St. Paul.
He will take over his new position later this month.