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Lieutenant search goes forward
Lieutenant search goes forward
Lieutenant search goes forward
By Lisa Seiser

Lake Geneva Regional News

The effort to fill the new Fontana Police Department lieutenant position is under way.

Police Chief Steve Olson said he hopes to have a new lieutenant in place on or before July 2 to replace retiring Sgt. Fred Schnitcke.

As of Tuesday morning, the police department received three letters of interest from Fontana officers who meet the minimum requirements for the position, Olson said.

The application period ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Now the candidates will take a written exam conducted by the Wisconsin City/County Testing Service.

The second step of the decision process will be an oral test in front of supervisors from the area and the village's Human Resource Committee.

"I think it is a realistic goal to have someone in place before July 2," Olson said. "The testing process shouldn't take that long, and by May or June, the candidate should be in front of the board."

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According to village ordinance, the Protection Committee chooses a candidate and makes that recommendation to the Village Board president, who then takes that information to the Village Board for a vote.

Olson said he will remain neutral when it comes to the candidates and selection.

"I want the process to be as fair and unbiased as possible," Olson said. "All the candidates deserve the opportunity to show off their skills and knowledge."

The candidates have between nine and 16 years of experience with the Fontana Police Department.

"I am looking forward to proceeding with this process, and the best candidate stepping forward," Olson said.

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After reconsideration, the Village Board approved the creation of the second-in-command lieutenant position at a meeting April 7.

According to a written job description provided by Olson, the lieutenant is responsible for first-line supervision of the department staff and serves as the second-in-command of the department. The lieutenant also assists the chief with administrative and management functions.

The non-union position responsibilities include patrol, investigation and administrative duties. The lieutenant may work varying shifts that may require alternating between day and evening hours.

Also, according to the description, as delegated by the chief, the lieutenant assigns and supervises work activities of subordinates.

The lieutenant also will contribute to the development, documentation, update or revision of guidelines, plans, programs policies and procedures that affect daily operations.

The lieutenant assumes the supervisory command position of the department in the absence of the chief of police.

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