Blaine Names New Police Chief, Safety Services Manager

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Brian Podany

October 23, 2017 02:36 PM

The City of Blaine has hired a new safety services manager and police chief after the retirement of its former chief Chris Olson.

Brian Podany will take on the title. He comes to the city from the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.

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According to a city release, Podany's resume includes more than 20 years of public safety service. He held positions such as special deputy, deputy, major crimes detective, lieutenant, captain and commander of patrol division. 

He has a masters in public safety administration and police science bachelors from St. Mary's University.

The city said 46 people from 13 states applied for the job, and five finalists were selected. 

Podany officially starts Nov. 27.

"As a longtime member of Anoka County's public safety community, I’m well aware of the excellent reputation of City officers and staff,” Podany said in a statement. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work closely with the City of Blaine staff, City Council members, residents, business people, and other community members to continue making safety a priority. Together we will enhance the future of our great City."

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