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Orfordville police chief considering contract extension

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GINA R. HEINE
July 25, 2008
— Dave Wickstrum has been considering if he wants to continue as the village police chief since the police commission offered him an 18-month contract extension.

The chief’s contract is up Aug. 15, and the commission offered him the extended contract after its July 17 meeting, he said.


“It looks like it’s kind of in my court now,” he said.


Wickstrum said he told the commission he would be taking vacation and would let it know before or at its Aug. 13 meeting. He told The Janesville Gazette he also would be exploring other job opportunities during his decision-making.


The part-time department has an officer on duty about 49 percent of the time, Wickstrum said. He and one officer are the only full-time employees in addition to five part-time officers.


Wickstrum served as Orfordville police chief from 1984-87. He returned on an interim basis after former chief Terry Morris was fired in 2004. Morris now is a village trustee.


Wickstrum agreed to a three-year contract as chief with the creation of a police commission in 2005.


When he took over the department three years ago, he said his goal was to re-establish it with a good reputation, which he thinks he’s done. It was a challenge, he said, and the three years went fast.


“When you lose everything there—citizen support, the faith and trust and everything that goes along with—that’s been a challenge to rebuild so people call us and know that we’re professional,” he said. “It’s not an easy thing to re-establish.”



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