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Atwater Police Chief Reed Schmidt, who began his career in law enforcement 37 years ago and has been Atwater's police chief the past 14 years, has announced he'll retire Aug. 1. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Atwater, Minn., police chief will retire at month's end


ATWATER -- When Reed Schmidt took over as Atwater police chief in 1997, his goal was to keep his community safe and create a strong community relationship between the town's residents and the Police Department.

During the past 14 years, the amiable police chief accomplished that goal by doing what many law enforcement officers don't do anymore -- he got out of the squad car and talked to people.

"I'm old school," said Schmidt, who began his career in 1975.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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