Past Chiefs of Police

City Marshal Badge from early 1900's.
City Marshal Badge from early 1900's.

The City of Reedsburg has been served by many dedicated police executives since 1868.  These executives served in elected positions before actually having an appointed Chief of Police.  Initially those charged with heading the police department were called Police Justices.  The Police Justice was elected to one-year terms and provided police protection to the Village of Reedsburg.  The Village of Reedsburg became the City of Reedsburg in May of 1887.  In 1888 the Police Justice position gave way to the City Marshal position, which was also elected.  The City Marshal was elected to a two-year term.  The Marshal position became largely ceremonial after the creation of the Office of Chief of Police and was eventually abolished in 1942.  The Police Department will celebrate its 150th birthday in 2018, photo below depicts the ceremonial sesquicentennial badge to be worn by officers during 2018 to celebrate our history.  The sesquicentennial badge is designed after the first badge used in the early 1900's by the City Marshal.

 

Here is a listing of the former Police Justices, Marshals and Chiefs of Police:

 

Chiefs of Police                                   

 

Timothy M. Becker, 2006 – present                

Wilbur Abel II, 1990 – 2006

Robert Hertel, Sr. 1989 – 1990

David Stiffler, 1987-1989

Reed Woodward, 1978 – 1986

David Hamm, 1973 – 1978

David Dobson, 1953 – 1973

Max Shultis, 1947 – 1953

Frank Camp, 1945 – 1947

Edward Schultz, 1942 – 1945

Richard Rinkenberger, 1939 – 1942

 

City Marshals

 

Hendy Schleden, 1926 – 1939

Frank Camp, 1918 – 1926

Roy Mepham, 1912 – 1918

John R. Donahue, 1908 – 1912

J. A. Richards, 1906- 1908

John R. Donahue, 1900-1906

A. S. Metcalf, 1899-1900

Arthur Coleman, 1898 – 1899

John R. Donahue, 1894 – 1898

George Kelley, 1890 – 1894

 William Miles, 1888 - 1890

 

Police Justices

 

William Miles, 1887

H. Achase, 1886

P. Byron, 1885

H. E. Stewart, 1884

W. J. Carver, 1883

W. G. Hawley, 1882

W. R. Briggs, 1880 – 1881

J. M. Strassart, 1879

W. G. Hawley, 1878

James Miles, 1877

James Mackey, 1876

A. Nass, 1875

C.S. Hunt, 1874

William Garrison, 1873

W. H. Rook, 1872

James Mackey, 1870-1872

Abner Hunt, 1868-1870

 

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