The Owen-Withee Police Committee met on August 3 at 6:30 p.m. All committee members were in attendance as well as Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Rau, Chief Ibarra and CDC Tim Swiggum.
Chief Ibarra reported there has been only one applicant for the part-time position and suggested that the help wanted deadline to be extended to August 27. Chief then announced that he appreciated everything the committee has done for him, but he has decided to resign. He offered to stay on to help as needed and to help find with the hiring of new police officers.
“Thank you for all you did. You certainly healed a lot after what went on before.” Pam Jaffke commented.
Ken Martine made a motion to accept the Chief resignation as of August 3, 2021, and to add the police chief position to help wanted advertisement and extend the deadline to August 27, 2021. All approved the motion.
Bob Wilczek suggested the committee write a letter of recommendation for Chief Ibarra so he has it for wherever he decides to go.
Everett Lindgren offered the idea that maybe they should wait to promote an officer to Chief rather than hire a chief right away.
The OWPD mural is complete and can be seen in the OWPD office. Students from the Owen-Withee School tackled this art project with excellence.
The meeting adjourned at 6:52 p.m.
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