West Fargo Police name new assistant chief

(West Fargo, ND) -- During the Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, West Fargo City Commission meeting, Chief Pete Nielsen announced the promotion of Commander Jason Anderson to Assistant Chief of the West Fargo Police Department.

“The West Fargo Police Department began an internal process to identify interested candidates,” said Chief Pete Nielsen. “Anderson was selected based on his experience, commitment to the department and outstanding service to our community. His years of leadership experience make him an outstanding candidate for the Assistant Chief of Police.”

Anderson is from Barnesville, Minnesota, and was hired by the West Fargo Police Department in 1998. During his tenure with the department, Anderson was instrumental in establishing the Defensive Tactics Unit. He served as one of the first Bike Patrol Officers, a Bomb Squad Technician, a Field Training Supervisor and the first School Resource Officer for West Fargo Public Schools. In 2012, Anderson was promoted to Sergeant and again to Lieutenant in 2017. In 2023, Anderson was promoted to Patrol Commander.

Anderson has received two Lifesaving Awards, a Commendable Service Award and an Active Shooter Response Ribbon. In 2018, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his 20 years of service to the West Fargo Police Department. In 2022, Anderson was awarded the Chief’s Medal.

Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University and graduated from the Hibbing Technical College Peace Officer Academy.