EM makes final job offer to police chief candidate

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND —  In what is described as a “formality,” the Elk Mound Village Board has approved making a final job offer for the police chief position to Chad Weinberger.

The village board voted to make an offer for the full-time police chief position at the March 7 meeting.

This was the final part of the process, said Mike Tietz, assistant police chief.

[emember_protected] The village board had previously made a conditional offer to Weinberger contingent upon Weinberger completing the necessary physical, medical, psychological and drug testing, he said. 

Weinberger had accepted the conditional offer when it was made by the village board, Tietz said.

The expectation is Weinberger will begin as the police chief in Elk Mound April 1, he said, adding that Weinberger will start taking calls around the middle of the month.

Weinberger currently works for the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department as an investigator.

With the official hiring of Weinberger as the police chief, Tietz said his contract as assistant police chief ended. 

At the March 7 meeting, the Elk Mound Village Board approved a motion to extend Tietz’s employment for up to two months as the assistant police chief to help with the transition. 

The 2018 budget included a line item with a salary of up to $56,160 annually for a police chief, an increase of $23,452 over the amount budgeted for 2017.

The 2018 budget includes no provision for part-time police officers, which compares to a budget in 2017 of $31,200.

The pool of candidates for police chief had been narrowed down to three: Weinberger, Mark Bauman and Robert Severud, before the Elk Mound Village Board conducted additional interviews and then made the conditional offer of employment to Weinberger. 

The Elk Mound Village Board held the second round of interviews for the police chief position December 13. [/emember_protected]