by Sarah Squires
City officials announced Winona’s new Police Chief will be Paul Bostrack, an 18 year veteran of the force and current deputy chief.
Bostrack will replace 22-year Police Chief Frank Pomeroy on April 1 of next year, when Pomeroy retires. Over the next months, the two will work closely for an easy transition.
City Manager Eric Sorensen announced the appointment Monday, adding that there were two very qualified candidates and he took an extra weekend to “wrestle with” the decision. “I know he’s going to do a great job for us,” said Sorensen.
Bostrack and co-deputy chief Tom Williams both vied for the appointment. Sorensen announced Monday that the city will not replace Bostrack’s position to trim the budget due to state shortfalls. During a difficult economic time, Sorensen said that “[Bostrack] will be leading that new world.”
Pomeroy said that both candidates were great options for the top law enforcement spot in the city, and that he could remember hiring Bostrack. He called him “a constant professional... who gives 110 percent,” and that “he will serve the city well for many years to come.”
Bostrack said that he’d gotten the call about the decision just an hour before the press conference Monday, and that he was humbled, excited, and appreciated all of the faith being granted to him for the job.
Some of the plans Bostrack said he’ll take on as chief include innovative ways to deal with budget cuts, as well as keeping the department on the cutting edge of the changing world of technology, which can also aid in efficiencies, he said.
Bostrack thanked all the staff at the Law Enforcement Center, and his family. His wife, Nancy, was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty earlier this year to serve as district court judge. Paul said that she’s “been a great support to me throughout my entire career.”
Bostrack, at 42, said that he first got the law enforcement itch when he was a teen growing up in the small Lanesboro suburb of Whalan, Minn. It was there that his father served as the small village constable when needed during softball tournaments. “That’s what started me thinking about it,” he said.
Bostrack graduated from Lanesboro High School and went on to Alexandria Technical College. He went back for his bachelor’s degree from Winona State University, then later attended Saint Cloud State University for his master’s degree.