A native of Denmark, Wis., who worked for the Albuquerque, N.M., police department for two decades is coming home to serve as the new chief of the Algoma Police Department.

Randy Remiker was sworn in by Mayor Wayne Schmidt during the regular monthly meeting of the Algoma City Council on Monday (Dec. 3).

He will officially take office on Jan. 1, coinciding with the end of the city’s administrative services contract with the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Matt Joski sent word this summer that the contract would be allowed to expire, and the city launched a nationwide search for a new chief.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Remiker retired from the Albuquerque department last December after 21 years, three months on the force. He is a lieutenant colonel in the New Mexico National Guard, having served since 1992.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 1996 and is working toward a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College.