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New police chief could be named Friday

The Hudson Police and Fire Commission have scheduled a meeting early Friday morning to make a decision on who will be Hudson's next chief of police.

The commission is considering two candidates -- HPD Sgt. Marty Jensen, who has been with the Hudson Police Department for more than 20 years, and Jeff Cummins, police chief of Glencoe, Minn., a city of around 6,000 about an hour west of Minneapolis.

Commission President Tom O'Connell said earlier this week that he expects "to get this thing done by the end of the week."

This will mark the third time since spring of 2006 that the commission has chosen a new police chief. Eric Atkinson has been acting HPD chief since the resignation of Andrew Smith last August. Following the retirement of former chief Richard Trende in May 2006, the commission hired James Coan, who lasted three weeks, and Smith, who was on the job for about six months.

The Police and Fire Commission also includes Tom Redner, Terry Gherty, Anthony Markowski and Dale Willi.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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