EM interim police chief says new chief likely to start April 1

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — Elk Mound’s temporary police chief informed the board last week that everything appears to be on track for the new full-time chief to start April 1.

Interim chief Mike Tietz reported during the February 21 regular board meeting that candidate Chad Weinberger has completed his physical assessment and drug screen without issue, and is scheduled for a psychological assessment in early March.

[emember_protected] Tietz indicated he does not foresee problems in the final assessment, and told the board he has begun collating training materials and documentation for the new chief to start as soon as he is able.

The current chief also said his plan is to work side-by-side with Weinberger for one to two weeks at the outset before stepping back to serve as a consultant when, and if, it is necessary.

The new police chief’s start date would mark nearly a year since the resignation of former part-time police chief Travis Hakes.

In addition to the update on the police department and reports from other village departments, the board approved ordinance amendment 18-1 relating to corner lot setbacks (15-foot setbacks from the street lines, not the centers), and approved the lease and/or purchase of a Kubota skidsteer from Value Implement for $42.500.

The next village board meeting will be held March 7. [/emember_protected]