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West Fargo Police Chief Rasmussen to retire in June

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Arland Rasmussen announced last week he will retire in June after serving as West Fargo police chief for the past 19 years. Arland Rasmussen


Rasmussen stated in a letter addressed to the West Fargo Mayor and Commissioners, “I am not leaving for health reasons, political reasons, scandal or problems in the department. I am leaving because it’s time for me and for my family.”

His wife, Verna Rasmussen, who is a teacher at Westside Elementary in West Fargo, will also retire at the end of this school year giving the couple time to relax and spend time together.

“I’m hoping that I have prepared the department with very capable people who will take over with my departure,” Rasmussen said. “My Assistant Police Chief Mike Reitan has been my right-hand man for a number of years and has done an excellent job. I feel he is extremely capable to take over.”

To read Rasmussen’s letter see the Insight from WFPD column.