Final four candidates talk about police’s future as Fitchburg PFC prepares to pick new chief
Four candidates speak at community panel, meet residents one-on-one
FITCHBURG, Wisconsin – Next month, the city of Fitchburg plans to have a new police chief.
The final four candidates spoke during a community panel at the IUPAT training center on Tuesday evening.
This includes retired Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales, Lt. Scott Kleinfeldt of the Madison Police Department, Cross Plains Police Chief Tony Ruesga and Captain Vic Siebeneck of the Salt Lake City Police Department. , Utah.
Morales has been at the center of controversy since last summer, when the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission voted to demote him from his position as chief, in part because of his handling of the protests after George’s death. Floyd. This was later determined to be an unlawful violation of his due process rights.
The retired chef recently reached a settlement with the city worth $ 627,000. He said on Tuesday he wanted to continue leading police in Fitchburg.
“I have a lot of family, eight sisters, nieces and nephews that I want to catch up with, but I still have a passion for law enforcement,” Morales said. “I still have a passion where I want to work with the community, work with young people and also supervise a police service.”
Morales, a second-generation Mexican American, also spoke about the need for diversity in the police department in a growing city. Other candidates also spoke about the importance of diversity, building trust and training police officers.
“I think we have to learn a new era of policing,” said Siebeneck, who grew up in Wisconsin. “We need to ensure fair and impartial policing, absolutely in all areas, regardless of the makeup of community members. “
Ruesga, also a second-generation Mexican American, said he grew up blocks from where George Floyd was murdered.
“I imagine a community that if something like what happened in Minneapolis and someone like George Floyd is killed, the other three officers are going to trip over themselves to get this man out, that’s what I’m envisioning, ”Ruesga said.
Kleinfeldt spoke of the need to be open and transparent with police policies.
“We need to apply our policies and procedures with an equity and inclusion lens and say, ‘Are these policies and procedures disproportionately impacting people of color?’ “, did he declare.
Candidates also answered questions about how they would react to burglaries and stolen cars in Fitchburg, as well as how best to build trust within immigrant communities. After speaking to the crowd, the finalists had the chance to meet one-on-one with the residents.
The Fitchburg PFC schedule allows them to select a final candidate by mid-August and appoint that person as chef in mid-September.
Former Fitchburg Police Chief Chad Brecklin has been promoted to city administrator.
COPYRIGHT 2021 BY CHANNEL 3000. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS DOCUMENT MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, DISTRIBUTED, REWRITED OR REDISTRIBUTED.