Orfordville Village Board OKs hiring new police chief

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Ashley McCallum
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ORFORDVILLEThe Orfordville Village Board has approved hiring Brian Raupp as the village's new police chief, contingent on his passing a medical and drug test.

If Raupp passes the test, he will take over as police chief Jan. 2, Interim Police Chief Don Bomkamp said.

A compensation agreement has yet to be approved by the village attorney, according to minutes from Monday's board meeting.

Raupp is deputy chief for the Brodhead Police Department, where he said he has worked for more than 20 years.

He said he started as a part-time officer and has served many roles since then. He also worked as interim chief in Brodhead from November 2014 to May 2015.

Raupp is familiar with the Orfordville community, making him a "very qualified candidate," Bomkamp said. Raupp worked as a part-time officer in the village from 2005 to 2007.

Raupp will be the first full-time police chief since Dave Wickstrum retired in April, The Gazette has reported.

The position took longer to fill than expected, Bomkamp said. The village had to start its search over after finding no suitable candidates during an initial search in spring.

The village board also voted to hire two part-time officers, bringing the department's staff to two full-time officers and four part-timers, Bomkamp said.

New part-time officers Marysia Hernandez and Robert Hanson have law enforcement experience.

Hernandez works as a part-time officer in Evansville, while Hanson is a part-time officer in Jefferson. Both plan to keep those jobs in addition to working in Orfordville, Bomkamp said.

Two part-time officers currently supplement the department's workforce, filling in during full-timers' days off and vacations, Bomkamp said. Four to five part-time officers is ideal, which is why the village hired two more, he said.

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