New police chief announced for Fitchburg

Published: Jan. 18, 2018 at 9:48 PM CST
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FITCHBURG, Wis. (WMTV) -- Mayor Jason Gonzalez announced the city’s next police chief. Fitchburg Police Lieutenant Chad Brecklin will take over the position starting on Monday.

The decision came down to two final candidates, Brecklin and Oshkosh Police Captain Kelly Kent. In December, candidates had the chance to meet Fitchburg Mayor Jason Gonzalez and interview with the Fitchburg Fire and Police Commission at a meet and greet session.

"What we set out to do with the selection process is to set up to do with the selection process was to identify what we believe would be the best individual to guard the City of Fitchburg," Fitchburg Fire and Police Commission President Greg Jones said on December 15 at the meet and greet session.

Jones also said they hope the new chief promotes safety in the community and installs and implements forward thinking practices within the community.

It has been 17 years since the City of Fitchburg has had to look for a police chief.

Brecklin has been with Fitchburg Police Department for almost 20 years. Since 2015, he has been leading efforts to get body cameras for the department and said he hopes to have those in place and on officers by the end of March.

Gonzalez said applications came from across the country for this position. The final decision was made by the Fitchburg Fire and Police Commission.