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Janesville Police Department undergoing staffing changes

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Ted Sullivan
April 23, 2010
— The Janesville Police Department will be at full strength in June after officers are promoted and new officers hired.

Chief Dave Moore said the retirement of former Deputy Chief Steve Kopp in December opened the door for three promotions. A lieutenant will be promoted to deputy chief, a sergeant to lieutenant and an officer to sergeant, Moore said.


Two new officers also will be hired, he said.


The changes will bring the department from 102 to 104 sworn officers, which is the maximum the department has been approved for.


The deputy chief position has remained open all year to save money, Moore said. Delaying promotions is common to help the budget.


The downside is that other command staff has put in extra work, he said. Projects also have been delayed.


Lieutenants have until May 17 to apply for the deputy chief position, Moore said. Applicants will undergo a written test and oral interview.


The chief will then appoint the new deputy chief. The hiring is not subject to the approval of the Janesville Police and Fire Commission.


A sergeant will then be promoted to lieutenant, Moore said. The commission must approve that promotion.


An officer wonít be promoted to sergeant because that promotion already has been done, he said. Sgt. Mark Ratzlaff on April 14 was promoted from officer.


Ratzlaff, who has been with the department for 14 years, has a bachelorís degree from UW-Whitewater in sociology, with a minor in criminal justice. Ratzlaff also has experience as a training officer, instructor and member of the narcotics team, honor guard and SWAT team.


The department will soon be accepting applications for two new officers, Moore said. Those officers will undergo testing in June.


Other recent staff restructuring included eliminating the captain position, adding a sergeant position and a civilian supervisor for the records division, he said.


The changes saved the department money and made it more efficient, Moore said. They were made after Moore became chief.



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