The city of Bloomington announced Thursday afternoon that a new police chief had been chosen.
City Manager Jamie Verbrugge has chosen Dr. Booker T. Hodges to lead law enforcement in Minnesota’s fourth-largest city, according to a news release.
“Residents of Bloomington value their sense of security and I know Dr. Hodges shares that value,” Verbrugge said.
Hodges will leave his current position as assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, where he oversees the State Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Arrest and the Division of Alcohol and Gaming Law Enforcement.
He previously worked as the Prior Lake Police Chief and for the Ramsey and Dakota county sheriff’s offices. Hodges has experience ranging from a school resource officer to a SWAT team operator, according to the statement.
The new leader has a doctorate in public relations from Hamline University, a master’s degree in public safety administration from St. Mary’s University and a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College.
Hodges will replace acting chief Mike Hartley as head of the 123-officer force on April 4.
“I’m thrilled with this opportunity,” Hodges said.