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Milton narrows field to five for police chief post

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Gazette staff
February 19, 2011
— The City of Milton Police Department on Wednesday named five finalists for the vacant police chief position, according to a news release from City Administrator Jerry Schuetz.

The Milton Police Commission will interview finalists March 11-12. The applicant chosen for the job must undergo a background investigation, psychological tests and physical examination before the job offer is finalized.


Schuetz, the city’s former chief, resigned in October to become city administrator.


Finalists are:


Wayne R. Banta: Banta was a member of the Oak Creek (Ill.) Police Department from 1997-2008, when he retired. While at Oak Creek, Banta was a patrol officer, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant and commander of the patrol division.


Steven D. Hebbe: Hebbe has worked for the Anchorage (Alasaka) Police Department since 1990, and is the commander of the department’s internal affairs division. He also has served as patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant and patrol captain.


Christopher P. Hughes: Hughes is police chief of the Marion (Wis.) Police Department. He has been in law enforcement since 1995, and previously served as interim chief for the Manawa (Wis.) Police Department, chief of the Denmark (Wis.) Police Department and as patrol sergeant for the Menominee County (Wis.) Sheriff’s Department.


Daniel L. Layber: Layber is the special agent-in-charge for the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations’ Milwaukee office. He has been at the agency since 1983.


Martin A. Podesek: Podesek is police chief for the Marengo (Ill.) Police Department. He has worked in law enforcement since 1978.



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