Police & Fire Commission

Police Chief Search 2021

The Police & Fire Commission welcomes your feedback throughout this process.  You can contact the Commission directly at pfc@fitchburgwi.gov or by calling 608-270-4325 and leaving a message.  

Búsqueda del Jefe de Policía 2021

La Comisión de Policía y de Bomberos de la ciudad solicita sus comentarios en este proceso. Usted puede contactar directamente a la Comisión a través del correo electrónico: pfc@fitchburgwi.gov o llamando y

dejando su mensaje al 608-270-4325.

Police Chief Selection Process Update -August 15,2021

The Fitchburg Police & Fire Commission have chosen Police Chief finalists Al Morales and Vic Siebeneck to advance to the next step of the hiring process.  Both candidates are in the background check step of the process and will then convene with the PFC for one last follow-up interview.  Following that interview, the Commission will make a hiring recommendation tentatively set for September 27, 2021 at 5 pm.  Members of the public are welcome to attend either in person or virtually and make a public comment prior to the Commission going into closed session to make a hiring decision.  To make a comment virtually, please email sarah.olson@fitchburgwi.gov or call 608-270-4211 prior to the meeting. 

Actualización del proceso de selección del jefe de policía: 15 de agosto de 2021

La Comisión de Policía y Bomberos de Fitchburg ha elegido a los jefes de policía finalistas Al Morales y Vic Siebeneck para avanzar al siguiente paso del proceso de contratación. Ambos candidatos están en la etapa de verificación de antecedentes del proceso y luego se reunirán con el PFC para una entrevista de seguimiento. Luego de esa entrevista, la Comisión hará una recomendación de contratación establecida tentativamente para el 27 de septiembre de 2021 a las 5 pm. Los miembros del público pueden asistir en persona o virtualmente y hacer un comentario público antes de que la Comisión entre en sesión cerrada para tomar una decisión de contratación.Para hacer un comentario virtualmente, envíe un correo electrónico a sarah.olson@fitchburgwi.gov o llame al 608-270-4211 antes de la reunión.

Police Chief Survey Results

We had a total of 308 responses to the community survey.  Check out the survey trends!  Please contact pfc@fitchburgwi.gov to obtain the full survey results. 

Resultados de la encuesta del jefe de policía

Tuvimos un total de 308 respuestas a la encuesta comunitaria. ¡Vea las tendencias de la encuesta ! Comuníquese con pfc@fitchburgwi.gov para obtener los resultados completos de la encuesta. 

Public Reception to Meet the Police Chief Finalists

On August 3, 2021, the City held a public reception to meet the Police Chief finalists.  You can watch the event here: 


Recepción pública para conocer a los finalistas del jefe de policía


El 3 de agosto de 2021, la Ciudad celebró una recepción pública para conocer a los finalistas del Jefe de Policía. Puedes ver el evento aquí: 


The four finalists are:
  • 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
Hijo de los cuatro finalistas:
  • Scott Kleinfeldt, teniente del Departamento de Policía de la Ciudad de Madison
  • Alfonso Morales, un jefe retirado del Departamento de Policía de Milwaukee
  • Tony Ruesga, jefe del Departamento de Policía de Cross Plains
  • Vic Siebeneck, capitán del Departamento de Policía de Salt Lake City, Utah


Community Presentations

The finalists were asked to prepare a presentation for a community panel to include their response to the following question:

"What is your vision of proactive policing in the City of Fitchburg? How would you direct members at all levels of the department (supervision, detectives, & officers) to be proactive in mitigating and stopping crime within Fitchburg? Give two or three examples of current crime trends specific to Fitchburg/Madison area and how you would proactively police that problem."

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. 

Presentaciones de la comunidad

Se solicitó a los finalistas que prepararan una presentación para un panel comunitario que incluyera su respuesta a la siguiente pregunta:

"¿Cuál es su visión de la vigilancia proactiva en la ciudad de Fitchburg? ¿Cómo dirigiría a los miembros en todos los niveles del departamento? (supervisión, detectives, y oficiales) para ser proactivos en mitigar y detener el crimen dentro de Fitchburg? Dé dos o tres ejemplos de tendencias criminales actuales específicas del área de Fitchburg / Madison y cómo controlaría ese problema de manera proactiva ".

La respuesta de cada finalista a la pregunta anterior se puede ver haciendo clic en su imagen o haciendo clic en los enlaces a continuación. Tenga en cuenta que estos son extractos de cada presentación y solo incluyen la parte relacionada con la pregunta anterior.

Scott Kleinfeldt
Alfonso Morales
Tony Ruesga
Vic Siebeneck

Meet the Interim Police Chief Matt Laha

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.    

“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

FBPD Chief Recruiting Brochure Link

Job Announcement
Recruitment Brochure


  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Third Wednesday of every month when needed
  • City Hall, 5520 Lacy Rd.
    Fitchburg,WI 53711

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
 Name Term Expires
Committee Position
Phone Number
Ron Johnson 2026    
Tom O'Day 2025 Vice-President  
Sheena Amble 2024

Jeff Standiford 2023 President
Rosa Aguilu   2022

Sarah Olson
  Staff Contact


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.