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Capt. Russell to retire; Police Department promotes two others

The Bemidji Police Department has announced that Capt. Daryle Russell will retire on Friday.

According to a press release, Russell first joined the department in October 1980, and has been a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and captain, a position he has held since 2001.

Filling the captain position will be Sgt. Robert Lehmann, who has been with the Bemidji Police Department since Sept. 1, 1982. Lehmann was promoted to sergeant on Dec. 15, 1992, and has previous experience with the Benson Police Department.

Patrol Officer David Hanson has been promoted to fill Lehmann's former position. Hanson has been a Bemidji police officer since Aug. 1, 2001, and most recently was assigned to patrol. Hanson has been a gang resource officer, has worked with the elementary schools in the Bemidji area, and is a coordinator for the Bemidji Police Department Firearms Training Program. He came from Aberdeen, S.D., where he was employed as a police officer for approximately 12 years.