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La Crosse police chief hired by Arizona city

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La Crosse may be hiring a new police chief soon.

The city of Payson, Arizona said it has hired La Crosse Chief Ron Tischer as its new chief, effective at the end of July.

Tischer has headed La Crosse’s police department since September of 2012.

La Crosse city council member Doug Happel, who sits on the police and fire commission, is waiting to hear official word from Tischer.

Speaking about the likelihood of searching for a new chief, Happel said, “I hope it doesn’t have to come to pass, but if it does, I hope we are as successful as we were with both Ron Tischer and Ken Gilliam.”

Happel was involved in the process of hiring both Tischer and Gilliam, the current La Crosse fire chief.

Officials at La Crosse City Hall have known that Tischer was talking with the city of Payson, which held interviews for the post in mid-May.

Payson is located in central Arizona, and with a population of 15,000, is about the size of Onalaska.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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