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New Waterloo Police Chief will start in May

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The new Waterloo Police Chief will come from outside the Waterloo Police Department. 

Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark confirmed Monday night that Dan Trelka, Chief of Police in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, has been offered and accepted the job of Waterloo Police Chief. He will begin his duties in Waterloo on May 3.

Trelka has been Police Chief in Sturgeon Bay the past eight years and has been a member of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department since 1992. Mayor Clark said Trelka and his wife visited Waterloo over the weekend and Trelka accepted the offer. 

Mayor Clark says he is "excited to have him" in Waterloo and was impressed with Trelka's passion for Community-Oriented Policing, of which Mayor Clark is a huge advocate.

Mayor Clark is a retired Waterloo Police Officer, whose Mayoral campaign focused on his desire to make Community-Oriented Policing a critical part of the Waterloo Police Department. 

The field of sixteen applicants was narrowed to just five finalists for the job of Waterloo Police Chief. Two veteran Waterloo Police Captains were among those five finalists for the job, following the January retirement of former Waterloo Police Chief, Tom Jennings. The other three finalists are from out of state.

The other four finalists includes:

Waterloo Police Captain and Interim Police Chief, John Beckman. Beckman joined the Waterloo Police Department in 1975 and became a Captain in 2001 in charge of the WPD Patrol Division.

Waterloo Police Captain, Tim Pillack. Pillack joined the Waterloo Police Department in 1979. He was promoted to Captain in 2002, and is currently in charge of the investigative division.

Todd Miller is the former Chief Police in Terrell, Texas. Miller has 32 years of Police Chief experience. He was the Terrell Police Chief for five years before his recent resignation there.

David Leonardo is a former Police Chief in Peoria, Arizona and Ardmore, Oklahoma. He has 35 years of law enforcement experience. Leonardo got a no-confidence vote from the Ardmore Police Union after just two years as the Ardmore Chief.

The finalists met for one hour individually with the Waterloo Police Protection Association members on March 3.  Waterloo Human Resources Director, Bob Stringer, says the five finalists had a long day of interviews and tours of the City of Waterloo on March 4. The finalists were interviewed by a Human Resources Committee, which includes Director Stringer and six other individuals, including Cedar Falls Police Chief, Jeff Olson, Tim Luce, Chairman of the Civil Services Commission and Randy Chapman, President of the Waterloo Police Protective Association. Mayor Buck Clark also met privately with each of the five Police Chief candidates.

Online Reporter: Ron Steele 



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