New Holstein’s Police and Fire Commission will continue its search for a new police chief while the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office will be asked to provide some overnight help to the city, it was determined at a special meeting of the Common Council on Wednesday evening, March 24.
The meeting was necessitated by the announced resignation recently of Captain Amanda Tikkanen from the department, leaving an already thin department without a chief or captain and with one less officer to cover shifts. Tikkanen’s resignation takes effect April 5.
Following lengthy discussion in both closed and open session on Wednesday, Alderman Richard Snelson made a motion to approve a plan laid out by Mayor Jeff Hebl for the continued operation of the NHPD. Hebl’s plan has three primary points:
1. Allowing the Police and Fire Commission to continue to do its job to select a new chief. It was reported that there are two applications for the position at this time.
2. Contract with the Sheriff’s Office to provide coverage for the city from 3 to 7 a.m.
3. Determine an interim command structure for the department with the departure of the captain. That solution may also include the CCSO, as management services from the county were part of a plan proposed earlier in the meeting by Jeff Roemer of the McMahon consulting firm.
On a roll call vote, all aldermen voted in favor of the motion.
(For more on this story please see the April 1 issue of the Tri-County News.)