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Ashbeck hired as Onalaska police chief

Brad Williams

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Onalaska has found a new police chief, in West Salem. 

Current West Salem Chief Charles Ashbeck has been hired by the Onalaska Police and Fire Commission, to head its police department. 

The search for a chief in Onalaska began this spring when Assistant Chief Jeffery Cavender retired, after a controversy involving drinking with the city fire chief who was charged with driving drunk. 

Police Chief Troy Miller then asked to return to his old job as Onalaska’s assistant chief, replacing Cavender. 

Ashbeck is expected to start the job in Onalaska late next month.