What’s next for the Bismarck Police Chief?

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After nearly 30 years with the Bismarck Police Department, Chief Dan Donlin has announced his retirement. But what’s next for the chief? 

Even though he’s retiring from law enforcement, Chief Donlin is looking for other ways to serve the Bismarck community. 

He said, “After 30 years, it’s time to move into other challenges in the community and see what else is out there while I’m still young enough to do it.”

Chief Donlin grew up in Bismarck, playing football for St. Mary’s High School and joined the department in 1988. Working up the ranks, he landed the role as chief 5 years ago. Across the river in Mandan, Police chief Jason Ziegler says Dan has alway been a mentor. 

“If I had a question or something, I could call him and he would be willing to give me some guidence and stuff like that. And above and beyond that, he was just a great guy and good person and a good friend,” said Chief Ziegler.

Chief Donlin isn’t leaving any time soon. He has a tentative date for the Summer/Fall. He says he still has goals to meet, and work to do.

“Making sure that there’s going to be a smooth transition, that I can help in that in any way. That I’m here for the staff as well. Nothing is changing,” said Chief Donlin.

He says this decison took a lot of thought and wasn’t taken lightly. Although Chief Donlin won’t be in his law enforcemnt shoes much longer, he’s actively searching for a new job where he can still serve the community he served for so many years.

He said, “To have a community that is vast majority pro law enforcement is really special. It just makes me proud of the community that I was raised in.”

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