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Anna G. Larson, Published March 15 2014

Dilworth names new police chief

DILWORTH – The new police chief here will bring international flavor and more than two decades of law enforcement experience to the city.

Ty Sharpe, a Roswell, N.M., police sergeant and London native, is the city’s new police chief, Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson said Saturday.

“The experience he brings with exceeds that of law enforcement. He has world experience. He has life experience. He has experience working with state and federal agencies and a vision for the future of law enforcement that will continue to provide high-quality public safety for the citizens of Dilworth,” Olson said. “I think you’ll see a highly visible police chief and a much more visible and proactive police department under his charge.”

Sharpe, 44, moved to Minneapolis in the early ’90s to work as a travel agent. When the industry waned, he switched professions, inspired by his uncle who was a police officer in London.

In Minneapolis, Sharpe was a police officer and later a federal police officer. He’s served the Roswell Police Department in New Mexico for 12 years but says he’s ready to move back to Minnesota, his “adopted home.”

“Coming back is actually a dream come true for us,” he said, referring to his wife, Amy, and daughter, Kadyn. “Coming back to this kind of community was No. 1 on our wish list so we couldn’t be happier.”

In a group interview Saturday, Sharpe described himself as a “change agent” and said he’d work with the community to meet its needs if hired.

Some of his suggestions for the police department and city include employing full-time school resource officers for the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District, implementing loss prevention programs with retailers and forming an investigation team that’s separate from patrol officers.

Sharpe emphasized the importance of familiarity with the community, saying he regularly hands out business cards with his personal phone number on them.

“You’re a point of contact,” he said. “They know you, you’re someone familiar to call if they have problems.”

Two men employed by the Moorhead Police Department also vied for the job – Toby Krane, a sergeant, and Ryan Nelson, a detective. A total 34 people applied for the position, and the final three candidates were interviewed Friday and Saturday.

The city used a new hiring process that included a reception at city hall where the public could ask questions.

Sharpe stood out because he’s the “complete picture,” Olson said.

Former Dilworth Police Chief Josh Ebert resigned on Sept. 9, 2013, after a 19-month tenure where he endured complaints and a vote of “no confidence” from his officers. Officer Brad Browning has been interim chief since Ebert’s resignation.

Sharpe will assume his position within a month, and his family approves. Eight-year-old Kadyn told her dad Saturday that she was already packing and ready to learn how to ice skate.

Sharpe’s wife, Amy, is a second grade teacher and will move with their daughter to Dilworth in May.

“There are beautiful summers up here, and we can live through the winters,” Sharpe said. “We’ll have a lot of fun.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Anna G. Larson at (701) 241-5525.

Forum reporter Maureen McMullen contributed to this story.