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Lt. Geoff Willems will be new police chief

Lt. Geoff Willems, shown here in front of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, will serve as the new police chief upon current Chief Marty Jensen's retirement this spring. Willems is currently second in command at the department. Photo courtesy of Geoff Willems

The Hudson Police and Fire Commission has selected current Lt. Geoff Willems to serve as the new Hudson Police Chief when Chief Marty Jensen retires in April.

Willems currently serves as second in command in the department.

"I think it's a good selection," Jensen said. "I think Geoff will do a really good job."

Willems was selected from a pool of five internal candidates that were interviewed by the commission on Saturday, Feb. 17.

An official start date has not been set, but he'll likely take over sometime at the beginning of April after Jensen's last days in March.

"I think it's going to go very smooth," Willems said. "I think we've got a lot of good people here in our department and I think everybody is looking forward to a new future."

Willems said his previous experience on the department will help him as he steps into his new role.

"Without a doubt being second in command has prepared me for this because otherwise I wouldn't have the exposure to some of the stuff I'm going to be doing," Willems said.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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