Police & Fire Commission
Police Chief Search 2021The Police & Fire Commission welcomes your feedback throughout this process. You can contact the Commission directly at email@example.com or by calling 608-270-4325 and leaving a message.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to obtain the full survey results.
Resultados de la encuesta del jefe de policía
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
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
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
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.