Ripon's next police chief selected

Capt. Bill Wallner, left, shakes hands with Police Commission members Steve Lewis, middle, and president Dennis Cotton at the conclusion of Monday's meeting.

For the first time in 30 years, someone new has been selected to lead the Ripon Police Department.

At a special meeting Monday evening, the Police Commission unanimously selected Capt. Bill Wallner to become the next chief of police for the city of Ripon.

He has been with the department for 27 years, serving as captain since 2010, when former Capt. Chris Stieber retired.

Wallner was selected after the current chief, Dave Lukoski, announced earlier this year that he planned to retire in December. Lukoski has been chief for the past three decades.

Last month, the Police Commission announced it planned to hold an internal search for Lukoski’s replacement.

Just one person applied: Wallner. He then was interviewed last week in closed session by the Police Commission, before the commission reconvened in open session Monday evening to make its decision.

Read why he was selected, numerous compliments and commendations of Wallner, and the one minor disagreement expressed by a commissioner with Wallner’s policies in the Nov. 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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