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Police chief candidates narrowed to four

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Ted Sullivan
April 3, 2009
— Four finalists will interview this month for the Janesville police chief opening.

The Janesville Police and Fire Commission announced its candidates Thursday.


The finalists are:


-- Thomas J. Christensen, deputy police chief, Racine.


-- Michael D. Kostecki, former police chief, McHenry, Ill.


-- Dave J. Moore, deputy police chief, Janesville.


-- Bradford L. Woods, former commander, Chicago.


Moore, acting police chief, was the only internal applicant among 43 people from 19 states, said Staci Nielson, chair of the police and fire commission.


“We’re looking for someone that can come right in and do the job,” Nielson said. “We definitely feel that we’ll be able to select a candidate from the group.”


The commission was looking for candidates from cities similar to Janesville or cities in the region, Nielson said.


It also wanted candidates with experience as police chief or second in command, she said.


“I would say that all of them have a good mix of experience and personality,” Nielson said. “I think any of them would be a benefit to Janesville.”


The finalists will be interviewed Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24, said Sue Musick, human resources director.


External candidates will take a tour of the community and police department, she said.


All finalists will be required to take a written exercise and give an oral presentation, Musick said. The written and oral exercise will be about how the finalists would respond to a problem.


Candidates will meet with police union leadership, police command staff, city department heads and other staff members, she said.


The commission then will listen to feedback from staff members and interview candidates, Musick said.


Commission members will deliberate after the interviews and could decide to offer a finalist the job that day, Nielson said.


The commission also could decide later, conduct more interviews with the finalists or invite more applicants for interviews, she said.


Applicants were from as far as New York, Florida and Oregon, Musick said.


Former Chief Neil Mahan retired in January 2009.


Thomas J. Christensen
Current job: Deputy chief of the Racine Police Department. He is the department’s administration commander.
Previous experience: He has climbed the ranks of the Racine Police Department since 1978. He also has been patrol commander and director of the 911 Communications Center.
Education: UW-Milwaukee, master’s degree, public administration; Carthage College, bachelor’s degree, public management and criminal justice.
Highlights: He has been involved in numerous professional associations. He also has held many positions within the department. His cover letter states he has the experience, management skills and education required for the job. He said he has the ability to engage individuals, institutions and employees in the problem-solving process.
Michael D. Kostecki
Current job: He is managing a business in an industry outside his profession while searching for a position in law enforcement.
Previous experience: Chief of the McHenry, Ill., Police Department from 1999 to 2001. Commander of the Addison, Ill., Police Department after climbing the ranks from 1972 to 1999.
Education: Lewis University, master’s degree, criminal and social justice; Western Illinois University, bachelor’s degree, law enforcement administration.
Highlights: He has been involved in numerous professional associations. His cover letter states he has demonstrated strong leadership, management skills and interpersonal skills throughout his career. He said he has had a diverse career in law enforcement with a record of accomplishment.
Dave J. Moore
Current job: Deputy chief of the Janesville Police Department. He is in charge of patrol and investigative services. He currently is acting police chief.
Previous experience: He has been promoted through the ranks of the Janesville Police Department since 1977. He has led all aspects of the police department.
Education: UW-Whitewater, master’s degree, corporate/public communication; Mount Senario College, bachelor’s degree, criminal justice administration.
Highlights: He has volunteered to serve on Janesville committees, clubs and community organizations. His cover letter states he is a life-long Janesville resident who is honored to serve the community. He said Janesville is the only place he desires to be police chief.
Bradford L. Woods
Current job: Self-employed consultant
Previous experience: He was promoted from officer to commander of the Chicago Police Department from 1970 to 2007.
Education: Adler Institute of Professional Psychology, master’s degree, counseling psychology; Lewis University, bachelor’s degree, criminal justice.
Highlights: He was a Northwestern University Command School instructor from 1993 to 2007. His cover letter states he takes pride in his knowledge of all aspects of policing. He said the thought of working for residents of Janesville is exhilarating.

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