The Kenyon City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved the hiring of a Wanamingo resident as it's new Police Chief.

Goodhue County Sheriff's Deputy and Kenyon-Wanamingo Schools Officer Jeff Sjoblom, 42, will start sometime in August according to Mayor Doug Henke.  The latest start date would be September 1, 2021.

The Mayor told KDHL Sjoblom is a very good fit for Kenyon because he knows the community through the school district work, understands Minnesota laws and has lived in the area for a long time.

Sjoblom is a Cannon Falls High School graduate.  He then attended Rochester Community and Technical College.

He has worked with the Goodhue County Sheriff's Department since March 2007.

Sjoblom and his wife have three children.  The eldest, a boy, is in the 8th grade.  There are two daughters, 6th grade and 3 years old.

The family did attend the Council meeting Tuesday where the selection of the new Kenyon Police Chief was finalized.

Mayor Henke also pointed out the Goodhue County Sheriff's Department Deputy has worked in recent years with the 5th and 6th grade Kenyon-Wanamingo football team as a volunteer coach.

Outgoing Chief Lee Sjolander's last day is July 31, 2021.  Kenyon Officer Randy Allen becomes the interim Chief until Sjoblom can take over the duties.

There were 8 finalists for the position and Mayor Henke said in his opinion Sjoblom was clearly the best candidate and he's happy he accepted the job.

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