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Published July 23 2010

Dahle lands police chief post in Lebanon, Ore.

One of Fargo’s top police brass is heading to Oregon to take a chief’s job there.

Capt. Tod Dahle, who’s in charge of support services for the department, said Thursday that he’s been hired as the police chief in Lebanon, Ore., where he’ll helm a 27-officer department.

Lebanon is a city of 15,500 about 90 miles south of Portland, Dahle said. He’ll start there Aug. 30, a week after his last day of work in Fargo. He said he accepted the offer last month.

Dahle said it was difficult to leave Fargo and there were no issues or concerns with the department that prompted his departure.

Though both Dahle and his wife hail from central Minnesota, he has liked the Northwest since working at an Oregon cherry orchard four summers when he was in college. He said he has a brother who lives in Oregon, and his wife’s parents plan to move there as well.

“It’s a little bit of starting over,” Dahle said.