Historically, Police & Fire Commissions were established to remove the Police and Fire services from the influences of politics.
The Police and Fire Commission, by Wisconsin law, consists of five citizens.
The Village President appoints Commissioners, and they serve as volunteers for the length of their five-year term. At the end of their term, it is automatically renewable until the Commissioner resigns or is removed by the Village President. In the past, the Village had citizens who have served for as long as 50 years!
Powers and Duties:
The Commission receives its authority under State Statute 62.13.
The Commission appoints the Chief of Police and Chief of Fire. The Chiefs then appoint subordinates who are subject to approval by the Commission.
The Commission adopts, and may repeal or modify, rules calculated to secure the best service in the Departments.
The Commission participates in the hiring and promotional process for both safety services. They help ensure we hire the best qualified applicant, and ensure the promotional processes are fair and produce the best candidate for promotion.
The Commission meets regularly to discuss Police and Fire activity, review disciplinary issues, and give the Police Chief and Fire Chief suggestions to make safety services better in the Village.
Police & Fire Commission Members
Gregg Weyer, President