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Lake Geneva police chief says it’s time to retire

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Kayla Bunge
December 11, 2007
— Police Chief Richard Meinel said its time for something different.

The longtime member of the Lake Geneva Police Department is retiring effective Feb. 17, 2008.


Its my time to leave, he said. You can only do the same thing for so long.


Meinel, 54, started with the department as a part-time officer in April 1976. He became a full-time officer in 1978. He moved through the ranks, from investigator in 1979 to captain in 1990, before becoming chief Sept. 1, 1996.


He said the Police and Fire Commission has been working for the past seven years to develop a succession plan, knowing some of the higher ranking personnel were preparing to leave. Assistant Chief Michael Rasmussen will replace Meinel upon his retirement.


I think that the people who are replacing me are very, very good, Meinel said. The city and the department are going to be in good hands.


Meinel said hell miss the people most after he leaves. Not only the people I work with, but the people I work for, too.


He said, too, its going to be hard not always being busy, but hes looking forward to that change. Its time, he said, to relax a little.


Im not going to jump into another full-time job right away, Meinel said. I want to see what its like to be retired.


He admitted that hes too young to be truly retired, though.


I go constantly, he said. Im not going to slow down. Im just going to do something different.



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