ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Police Capt. Scott Kent was met with a standing ovation Monday, Aug. 10, as Alexandria's city council appointed him as the city’s next police chief.
Kent grew up in West Fargo and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Moorhead State University. He met his wife Amy while he was in college and they moved to Fergus Falls, where he worked for Best Buy before landing a job at the Wahpeton (N.D.) Police Department.
They moved to Alexandria in 2001, the same year as their daughter Joselyn’s first birthday, after Kent was hired as a patrol officer with the city's police department. He worked his way through the ranks from investigator to captain.
His father, Steve Kent, watched Monday’s council meeting through Zoom.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Scott,” he said. “He’s worked very hard to get to the position he’s at. You as a city will appreciate him a lot.”
Kent said his father played an important role in his career and life. He recalled a time when he was a seventh-grader and didn’t know whether he should try out for baseball. His father told him something he’s never forgotten.
“He said don’t pass up an opportunity,” Kent said. “I’ve carried that story with me ever since.”
Mayor Sara Carlson said that during the hiring process, Kent received letters of support from fellow officers. One sergeant, she said, told her that Kent is “a real person who cares about us and cares about the city.”
The city’s Police Civil Service Commission unanimously recommended Kent's appointment. He will fill the spot left by current chief Rick Wyffels, who is retiring Sept. 30.
Kent will take over as chief on Oct. 1.