Police & Fire Commission
Police Chief Search 2021Community members will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the finalists for the City of Fitchburg's next Police Chief in a moderated forum. We invite you to submit a question here.
Public Reception to meet the Police Chief Finalists -
August 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm at the Painter's Union located at 5375 King James Way
In preparation for the upcoming Police Chief selection process, the Fitchburg Police and Fire Commission is asking for input from Fitchburg residents, city staff, and community and business leaders regarding the traits, characteristics, and skills they feel are most important when selecting the City’s next Police Chief. Your feedback is important and will be used to help us find the most qualified candidates. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Hmong. If you need the survey provided in another language, please reach out to Sarah in Human Resources at 608-270-4211.
Call for Community and Staff Feedback
Matt Laha has been proudly serving the citizens of Fitchburg since 2005 as an officer, sergeant, Deputy Chief and now, Interim Police Chief. Over the past 16 years he has dedicated himself to improving officers through his various instructor roles within the department in order to develop their skills to better serve the community. He has coordinated the department’s efforts in many community based programs, such as: Black and Latino Youth Academies, Shop with a Cop, Fitchburg Citizens Academy and Back to School with a Cop. He looks forward to continuing the department’s efforts on updating the department’s policy and procedure manual. As Interim Chief, Matt is focused on maintaining the department’s goal of building trust and legitimacy with the community and staying true to the mission, vision and values of the Fitchburg Police Department.
Provide Your Feedback - Email or leave a message for the Police & Fire Commission by calling 608-270-4325.
Meet the Interim Police Chief Matt Laha
“The Fitchburg Police and Fire Commission would like to thank Deputy Chief Matthew Laha for stepping into the role of Interim Police Chief. His dedication and service to the department are appreciated and needed during the search for a new police chief” shared PFC President Jeff Standiford.
Announcement & Brochure
- 5:00 p.m.
- Third Wednesday of every month when needed
- City Hall, 5520 Lacy Rd.
Agendas and Minutes
Police and Fire Commission agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Members serve 5 year staggered terms
The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners shall consist of five city residents. One member shall be appointed annually between the last Monday in April and the first Monday of May for a term of five years. No more than three members may be of the same political party. Before May 31 of each year, the board shall appoint by majority vote of those present and voting one member to be president/chair. Three members shall constitute a quorum.
Summary of Duties
The Board shall have the duties prescribed in Wis. Stats. §62.13: To appoint the Police and Fire Chief, approve the written protocol on hiring, promotion, suspension, demotion, and termination and to approve or disapprove the appointment of any subordinate by the Police or Fire Chief. Additionally, to distribute all rules relating to examination and qualification of police officers and firefighters, conduct examinations for appointments to the police or fire department, to suspend, reduce in rank, or remove the Police or Fire Chief, or any firefighter or law enforcement personnel for cause after hearing on charges filed with the board in accordance with the procedures of Wis. Stats. §62.13(5).
To make a formal complaint to the Police & Fire Commission, please follow the instructions and complete this form.
If you are unable to fill out the complaint form, please contact the Staff Contact of the Police & Fire Commission for assistance at 608-270-4325.