His hiring will be on council's Aug. 12 agenda; Wisness interviewed as well on Monday.

City Administrator Tony Chladek confirmed on Tuesday the unofficial word that circulated around Crookston on Monday: Paul Biermaier will be Crookston's new police chief.

Patrol Sgt. Biermaier was interviewed on Monday along with longtime CPD Lt. Gene Wisness. The interview panel included Chladek, Mayor Dave Genereux, council members Dana Johnson and Hector Santellanes, along with the police chiefs from East Grand Forks and Bemidji.

Current Police Chief Tim Motherway, 52, who's been chief for almost 13 years, is leaving to become a regional coordinator with the National Child Safety Council.
Biermaier's official hiring will go before the Crookston City Council when it next meets on Aug. 12. Motherway's resignation takes effect in October.

"Both candidates for the position had outstanding qualities," Chladek said of Biermaier and Wisness. "The Police Department should be proud that it has developed two candidates of such high quality ready and qualified to take charge if called upon to do so."

The city council previously endorsed a plan to search for Motherway's successor internally, and that if the internal process didn't result in a new chief, an external search would commence.

Before becoming patrol sergeant, Biermaier was a detective sergeant with the CPD.