Chief of Police
Chief David Zibolski was appointed as Fargo's Police Chief in October 2020. Zibolski previously served as the Chief of Police in Beloit, Wisconsin. During his tenure in Beloit, he led major organizational change within the department and its community that positively affected leadership and culture, strengthened community relations, and saw the integration of progressive technology and best practices, while making Beloit a safer city. He began his career with the Milwaukee Police Department where he served 27 years, working his way up the ranks and retiring at the rank of captain in 2011. He held a variety of patrol, investigative and specialty unit commands. As deputy administrator for Wisconsin DOJ’s Division of Law Enforcement Services (2011-2015), he had operational responsibility of a statewide division that included training and standards for law enforcement. Zibolski is a graduate of Northwestern’s School of Police Staff and Command #203, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police session #68, and is an International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) nationally certified Leadership in Police Organizations instructor. He holds a master’s degree in organizational management and leadership from Springfield College. In 2020, he was appointed vice chair of IACP’s Midsize Agencies Division and also serves on several community boards.
Deputy Chief Joseph Anderson has been employed with the Fargo Police Department since January of 1997. Prior to working for the Fargo Police Department, Anderson worked as a Reserve Deputy for the Cass County Sheriff’s Office for two years. Anderson was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in October 2002. As a Sergeant, Anderson supervised Patrol and the Criminal Investigations Unit. He also served as the Office of Professional Affairs Supervisor. Anderson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in January 2011 and served as the District Commander of Field Services and the Traffic Safety Unit. Anderson was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in December 2014. He oversaw the Field Services Division for two years, and currently oversees the Administrative Services Division.
Deputy Chief Anderson received a bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is a graduate of the 250th class of the FBI National Academy in 2012, and the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. He earned the Franklin M. Kremmel Leadership Award at the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. Anderson is additionally trained in Advance Crash Investigation and Reconstruction and Internal Affairs Investigation.
Anderson initiated the creation of the Fargo Police Department's Mentoring Program, selected the committee and provided guidance and vision to the implementation of this program. Anderson also redefined the roles and responsibilities of the Crime Analyst position and the weekly Intelligence Lead Policing meetings.
Anderson served in the North Dakota Air National Guard for 22 years. He enlisted as Security Forces for 12 years. He served as a Personnel Officer (ND JFHQ); the 119th Service Flight Commander; the 199th Force Support Squadron Operations Officer; and the 199th Security Forces Commander.
Lieutenant Mathew Sanders has been employed with the Fargo Police Department since January 1995. Sanders worked as a Narcotics Detective prior to being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January 2005. Sanders supervised patrol officers, the Narcotics Unit and the Personal and Property Crimes teams in the Investigations Unit as a Sergeant. Sanders was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in May 2014 where he oversaw a patrol district in the Field Services Division.
Sanders served as the Administrative Services Division Lieutenant for three years where he was responsible for the departments recruiting, hiring, training, evidence, facilities, equipment, police records, crime prevention and safe housing, grants and the department's budget. He currently serves as the lieutenant of the Narcotics Unit and Metro Area Street Crimes Unit.
Sanders has received a Life Saving Award, Police Officer’s Service Award and an Emergency Service Unit Citation.
Sanders attended North Dakota State University and majored in English and Criminal Justice. Sanders has specialized training in Incident Command System, Homicide and Questioned Death Scene Reconstruction, Critical Incident Management, Mediation Training, PATC’s Leadership for Challenging Times and Managing Police Discipline. Sanders completed the Northwestern University’s Management of Police Personnel program in 2006 and Police Leadership, Supervision and Management in 2007.
Lieutenant William Ahlfeldt has been employed with the Fargo Police Department since December 2001. As an Officer, Ahlfeldt worked on the night shift in Fargo’s Downtown area. Ahlfeldt was also assigned as an Investigator in the Narcotics Unit and Criminal Investigation Unit where he worked on multiple narcotics, personal and property crime cases.
In 2009, Ahlfeldt was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During Ahlfeldt’s time as a Sergeant, he was assigned to both night and day shift until 2014 when he was reassigned to the police department’s Office of Professional Standards. Ahlfeldt has also been a firearms instructor, Police Training Officer, Police Training Supervisor, Peer Assistance Crisis Team member and is CIT trained.
Ahlfeldt has been a member of the Red River Valley SWAT Team since May 2003 and is the current Commander. During his time as a team member, he has been an operator participating in multiple high risk entries and search warrant services, a firearms and tactics instructor for the team and a team leader. Ahlfeldt has attended multiple tactical schools during his time as a SWAT team member to include Advanced SWAT and Hostage Rescue schools with the National Tactical Officer’s Association and LAPD SWAT and multiple team leadership schools with the National Tactical Officer’s Association. Ahlfeldt has also instructed at the Red River Valley SWAT Team’s basic SWAT academy.
Ahlfeldt was promoted to Lieutenant in January 2015. Currently, Ahlfeldt is the District 2 Commander. He is also responsible for the Department’s CIT Team, CTO/ CLO Team, Chaplain’s program and the Efficiency Committee.
Ahlfeldt has been awarded two Life Saving Awards, four Police Officer Service Awards, a Letter of Commendation in 2004 and various letters of recognition.
Ahlfeldt received an associate of arts degree from Williston State College and a bachelor of science degree in Political Science from North Dakota State University. Ahlfeldt received his law enforcement training at the Montana Highway Patrol Recruit Academy in Helena. He is a graduate of the 398th Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command class.
Lieutenant Shannon Ruziska has been employed with the Fargo Police Department since May 1992. Ruziska served as a Field Training Officer before his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in December 1999. He supervised all three patrol shifts and served as the Office of Professional Standards Sergeant for 3 years. Ruziska was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in September 2015 where he was a District Commander in the Field Services Division and then the Investigative Services Division, Metro Area Street Crimes Unit and Intelligence Unit. Ruziska currently is the Commander of the Evening Shift and District 3.
Ruziska was instrumental in creating and implementing the departments scheduling and payroll system that is still in use.
Ruziska was selected as the Supervisor of the Year in 2005.
Ruziska received a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Minnesota and he graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
Ruziska was a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy for seven years as active duty and 16 years as reserve. Ruziska was mobilized for three years after 9/11 to be the Commanding Officer of Navy Operations Support Center. Ruziska retired at the rank of Captain.
Lieutenant Christopher Helmick has been employed with the Fargo Police Department since December 2001. Helmick served as a Patrol Officer until 2009, with secondary duties as a Crime Scene Investigator, Bike Officer and Police Training Officer. He has been a Police Instructor since 2004. Helmick was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2009 where he supervised patrol officers and was the PTO coordinator and Mobile Field Force Instructor. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in January 2016 and oversaw the PTO program, Crowd Management Team, Restructuring Committee, Evaluation Committee, iPhone implementation plan and initial FPD Airport operations. He also participated on the Downtown Task Force and the BID Advisory Board. He’s currently assigned as the commander of the Criminal Investigative Unit.
Helmick was instrumental in the administration of the Police Training Program since 2008 by overseeing and implementing several changes and improvements to the program.
Helmick has also been involved in the department’s Crowd Management Team, developing the Department’s response procedures to civil unrest since 2002.
Helmick has been awarded Supervisor of the Year in 2018, the Combat Cross award in 2004, the Distinguished Service award for PTO, the Emergency Service Unit Citation for participation in the 2009 flood and the 2016 DAPL protests, a Commendable Performance Certificate for apprehending a homicide suspect in 2004, and has received various Letters of Recognition.
Helmick received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Minnesota State University of Moorhead, and Law Enforcement training from the North Dakota State Law Enforcement Academy. Helmick attended the FBI LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute in 2013, the National Tactical Officers Association Supervising Critical Incidents, and Northwestern University’s Management of Police Personnel in 2015. Helmick has specialized training in Methods of Instruction, Police Problem Based Learning, E.V.O.C., and Field Force Command and Operation.
Lieutenant George Vinson has been employed with the Fargo Police Department since January 2004. Vinson became a K-9 handler in 2007. Vinson and K-9 Earl served as a Narcotic Detective prior to his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in February 2011 where he oversaw the day shift and School Resource Officers. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in July 2016 and currently oversees the Community Engagement Team, the juvenile diversion program, the Police Explorers Post, and is responsible for the department’s grant applications and progress reporting. He also chairs the Badges of Unity Board which is a non-profit foundation which aims to fund positive, proactive youth engagement with police in our community.
During his time with the department, he has worked various assignments including K9, PTO, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Crime Scene Investigator, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, and served as the police awards committee chair.
Vinson serves on the United States Police Canine Association Region 12 Board as a Trustee, the United States Police Canine Association’s National Policy Committee, the North Dakota State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and the Fargo-Moorhead Racial and Ethnic Disparity committee.
Vinson has been instrumental in creating programs that help benefit the overall moral of the department. Vinson created a Critical Reflection Questionnaire for officers to provide a unique way to open the lines of communication between staff and supervisory staff, providing a better working relationship. Vinson also was the first to implement the 360 Degree Evaluation for our department. This allowed officers a chance to anonymously provide feedback.
Vinson has been awarded the Life Saving Award, Emergency Service Unit Citation (twice), Police Service Award for K-9 Handler (twice) and a Commendable Service Award. Vinson and his partner K-9 Earl have received numerous awards due to his proficiency in drug detection. In October 2019, Vinson was recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as representing the top 40 rising leaders under 40 years old “from around the globe exemplifying leadership, dedication and service to their communities and the law enforcement profession.”
Vinson has a Bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology, and a Master of Arts degree in Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership. Vinson has attended many police leadership courses including Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s 14 course Leadership Program, FBI LEEDA leadership training and IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations.
Vinson likes to spend time volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society and the National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation.
Lieutenant Travis Stefonowicz has been employed with the Fargo Police Department since May of 2002. Prior to working for the Fargo Police Department, Stefonowicz worked as a police officer for the Aurora Police Department in Aurora Colorado. Stefonowicz also worked as a dispatcher for the Red River Regional Dispatch Center, where he was awarded a “stork pin” for helping a young couple deliver a baby over the phone as they were too far along to get to the hospital and they lived far enough away that the ambulance wasn’t going to arrive in time.
Stefonowicz was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in in February of 2009. He supervised patrol officers in the Field Services Division and was in charge of the Training Division where he created a new monthly training program for our patrol officers allowing them to train during their work shifts in shorter intervals.
Stefonowicz was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in September 2016 where he oversaw the Night Shift of the Field Services Division. Currently, Stefonowicz is the commander of the Administrative Services Division where he oversees the operations of the departments recruiting, hiring, training, evidence, facilities, equipment, police records, public information, grants and the department's budget.
During his time at the Fargo Police Department, Stefonowicz has worked in various assignments. He has been a Police Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor and E.V.O.C. Instructor. He has served on the Chief’s Advisory Committee and the Chief’s Selection Committee in 2015. Stefonowicz served on the Red River Regional SWAT. team from 2004 to 2013. He was an Operator, Basic Training Instructor and a Team Leader during his service on the SWAT team.
Stefonowicz has also served as a Physical Fitness and Response to Critical Incidents Instructor and a board member on the Advisory Committee for the Lake Region State College Police Basic Program. Stefonowicz implemented a Fargo Police Department driven police academy which allowed the students to hear radio traffic over the overhead speakers during class as well as having our mobile computer projected on the wall so they could monitor calls for service during class. This allowed them discuss what was happening on the street, what they would do, how to set up perimeters, and best driving route practices. This also allowed the students to be subjected to what our patrol officers do on a daily basis and recognize quickly what skills or areas needed improvement.
Stefonowicz has been recognized as an employee who performed an act worthy of recognition; Top Gun during SWAT Basic Training; two Combat Cross award; Fargo Police Officer of the Year; North Dakota Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; the Service Award for service and dedication as a PTO and SWAT Team member in 2008, 2009 and 2013; the Chief’s Medal; and a letter of commendation for distinguishing himself with an act that exemplifies the goals, values and mission of the department.
Stefonowicz received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources through Rasmussen College, and an associate of arts degree from North Dakota State College of Science. Stefonowicz is a graduate of the 277th class of the FBI National Academy.
Lieutenant Jared Crane has been employed with the Fargo Police Department since December 2002. Crane began his career as a patrol officer on the Night shift. Early in his career, Crane became a firearms instructor, weapons armorer, and an active shooter instructor. Crane was also a field training officer; taking part in training new recruits. In 2009, Crane became a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Unit where he worked major crimes. Crane was promoted to Sergeant in 2011 and assigned to the Night shift. Along with his patrol duties, Crane remained active in the field training program by becoming a Police Training Supervisor. In 2015, Crane was reassigned to the Office of Professional Standards where he remained until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2018.
From 2004 through 2015, Crane was a member of the Red River Valley SWAT Team. He was assigned to the sniper team in 2006 and eventually became the sniper Team Leader. Crane attended basic and advanced sniper certification courses and developed the current structure of the Red River Valley SWAT sniper team. Crane also trained and competed with snipers in several areas throughout the country. Crane created several courses of instruction for sniper training, and played a large role in the training and development of snipers.
Since his promotion to Lieutenant in 2018, Crane has been assigned as the District 4 and Night Shift Commander. Along with his primary assignments, Crane is the current Administrator for the PTO field training program, Awards Committee and Bike Patrol Unit. Crane is also the department liaison for Sanford Hospital and a member of the City of Fargo Codes Committee.
Crane has been awarded a Combat Cross medal, three Police Officer Service Awards, a Letter of Commendation and several Letters of Recognition throughout his career.
Crane attended North Dakota State University where he studied sociology, criminal justice and psychology. In the summer of 2002, he completed the Peace Officer Academy through Lake Region State College. Throughout his career with the Fargo Police Department, Crane has continued his education by attending BCA Supervisor and Leadership, International Association of Chiefs of Police ‘Leadership in Police Organizations’, IPTM Police Internal Affairs certification (Jacksonville, FL), FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development (St. Cloud State University), along with numerous specialized training courses and certifications in various fields.
Lieutenant James Kringlie has been employed with the Fargo Police Department since October 1985. Kringlie served as a Patrol Officer until 1999, where he became a motorcycle officer in the newly formed Traffic Safety Unit (TSU). He has been a firearms Instructor and armorer since 1999.
From 1994 through 2012, Kringlie was a member of the Red River Valley SWAT Team. He was an original member of the sniper team and eventually became the sniper team leader. Kringlie was the “Top Gun” and Distinguished Honor Graduate of both the Army National Guard Sniper School and the Designated Marksman Course.
Kringlie was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2012 where he supervised patrol officers until becoming the TSU Sergeant. This position evolved to include supervision of the airport officers, the Community Service Officers (CSO), the Truck Regulatory Officer (TRO), and the Municipal Court Bailiff.
Kringlie was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in January 2020. Currently, Kringlie is the District 1 Commander. He is also responsible for the Department’s DRE and CSO Teams, K9 program, Airport, and the Downtown Safety Committee. He also participates on the Downtown Task Force and the BID Advisory Board, and the Downtown Quality of Life Committee.
Kringlie is the Chairman of the Police Pension Board and serves on the department’s Wellness Committee. He also oversees the department’s LEOSA program and shooting team.
Kringlie has been awarded the department’s Distinguished Service Medal, Police Service Award for SWAT and the Emergency Service Unit Citation.
Kringlie retired from the military in 2013 after 32 years of active duty and reserve service to include two combat deployments to Iraq. Kringlie retired at the rank of First Sergeant.
Kringlie graduated from Fargo North High School in Fargo, ND. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from North Dakota State University. Kringlie completed the National Tactical Officers Association ‘Supervising Critical Incidents’ course, the International Association of Chiefs of Police ‘Leadership in Police Organizations’ course, and attended the FBI LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute in 2012.