Police & Fire Commission
Police Chief Search 2021
July 26, 2021
Following panel interviews and community presentations (recordings below) last week, the City of Fitchburg Police and Fire Commission has selected four finalists in the search for the City's next police chief.
- Scott Kleinfeldt, a lieutenant with the City of Madison Police Department
- Alfonso Morales, a retired chief from the Milwaukee Police Department
- Tony Ruesga, the chief of the Cross Plains Police Department
- Vic Siebeneck, a captain with the Salt Lake City, Utah, Police Department
CLICK ON FINALIST IMAGES TO VIEW A PORTION OF THEIR COMMUNITY PRESENTATION (SEE BELOW)
Next week, the finalists will participate in tours of the city and department, followed by interviews with the city administrator and mayor. The police and fire commission will then conduct their interview with each finalist.
The community is invited to meet and ask questions of the finalists on Tuesday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the IUPAT Training Center, located at 5375 King James Way. Questions for consideration to be asked at the reception can be submitted below.
Media inquiries regarding the process can be directed to Human Resources Manager Sarah Olson: (608)-270-4325.
The finalists were asked to prepare a presentation for a community panel to include their response to the following question:
Each finalist's response to the above question can be viewed by clicking their image or by clicking the links below. Please note these are excerpts from each presentation and only include the portion related to the above question.
Public Reception to Meet the Police Chief Finalists
August 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm at the Painter's Union Training Center - 5375 King James Way
Community members will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the finalists for the City of Fitchburg's next Police Chief in a moderated forum. We invite you to submit a question here.
View/Download a Flyer for the Reception
Matt Laha has been proudly serving the citizens of Fitchburg since 2005 as an officer, sergeant, Deputy Chief and now, Interim Police Chief. Over the past 16 years he has dedicated himself to improving officers through his various instructor roles within the department in order to develop their skills to better serve the community. He has coordinated the department’s efforts in many community based programs, such as: Black and Latino Youth Academies, Shop with a Cop, Fitchburg Citizens Academy and Back to School with a Cop. He looks forward to continuing the department’s efforts on updating the department’s policy and procedure manual. As Interim Chief, Matt is focused on maintaining the department’s goal of building trust and legitimacy with the community and staying true to the mission, vision and values of the Fitchburg Police Department.
Meet the Interim Police Chief Matt Laha
“The Fitchburg Police and Fire Commission would like to thank Deputy Chief Matthew Laha for stepping into the role of Interim Police Chief. His dedication and service to the department are appreciated and needed during the search for a new police chief” shared PFC President Jeff Standiford.
Announcement & Brochure
- 5:00 p.m.
- Third Wednesday of every month when needed
- City Hall, 5520 Lacy Rd.
Agendas and Minutes
Police and Fire Commission agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Members serve 5 year staggered terms
The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners shall consist of five city residents. One member shall be appointed annually between the last Monday in April and the first Monday of May for a term of five years. No more than three members may be of the same political party. Before May 31 of each year, the board shall appoint by majority vote of those present and voting one member to be president/chair. Three members shall constitute a quorum.
Summary of Duties
The Board shall have the duties prescribed in Wis. Stats. §62.13: To appoint the Police and Fire Chief, approve the written protocol on hiring, promotion, suspension, demotion, and termination and to approve or disapprove the appointment of any subordinate by the Police or Fire Chief. Additionally, to distribute all rules relating to examination and qualification of police officers and firefighters, conduct examinations for appointments to the police or fire department, to suspend, reduce in rank, or remove the Police or Fire Chief, or any firefighter or law enforcement personnel for cause after hearing on charges filed with the board in accordance with the procedures of Wis. Stats. §62.13(5).
To make a formal complaint to the Police & Fire Commission, please follow the instructions and complete this form.
If you are unable to fill out the complaint form, please contact the Staff Contact of the Police & Fire Commission for assistance at 608-270-4325.