Law enforcement runs in Rick Hogenson's blood. The new Two Harbors police chief comes from a family of police officers. His father, Richard E. Hogenson, served as Two Harbors police chief and Hogenson's uncle was the chief of Silver Bay.
"So I grew up around officers, " Hogenson said. "And I knew I wanted to help people, too."
Hogenson took over the role from retiring chief Kevin Ruberg on June 1. Before taking on the role, Hogenson served as assistant chief since 2011. Hogenson was born and raised in Two Harbors. He went to Hibbing Community College for law enforcement shortly after high school graduation from Two Harbors High School. He joined the force in 1997 and has just over 21 years of experience.
"Just like so many who have done this job for a long time, I started out using typewriters and word processors, and cassette tapes and microcassettes and having to flip them over during an interview. Just those types of things. Technology has changed a lot over my career," Hogenson said.
Policing has changed over the years as well, he said.
"The job has changed, but I think the Two Harbors police department really focuses on community policing. It's what we've always been about," Hogenson said.
What makes Two Harbors different than other communities, according to Hogenson, is the size.
"We see everybody in our community when we're out at restaurants, at the gas station and the grocery stores," Hogenson said. "They know us and we know them. And truly, we're just people as well and we're here to help. We're here to make Two Harbors a better place to live, to work and to visit, as our mission statement says."
Hogenson is most excited to bring small changes to the department.
"Chief Ruberg and I talked about several things before he left and I think the one thing that stuck with me the most is that change, no matter how subtle, really is good for an organization," Hogenson said. "We're a department of nine law enforcement officers and one civilian staff and, I guess what I'm really excited about is that this opens up new opportunities for all of us."
When he's not on the clock, Hogenson likes to spend time with his wife and three daughters.