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Kudron takes office as new La Crosse police chief

Brad Williams

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Shawn Kudron is accompanied by his wife Kim as he takes the oath to become La Crosse police chief

A new chief is in command of the La Crosse Police department.

Shawn Kudron was sworn into office Monday morning by city clerk Teri Lehrke, less than an hour after the police and fire commission officially appointed him as chief.

Kudron told the audience at the City Hall ceremony that he wants to make La Crosse as ‘safe and vibrant’ as possible.

Chief Kudron's swearing in ceremony.

Posted by City of La Crosse Police Department on Monday, September 30, 2019

“We’re gonna do what we’ve been doing,” said Kudron.

The city council chamber was decorated, and a cake was ready, when Kudron appeared before the Police and Fire Commission today.

It took one minute for the commission to approve Kudron as the new police chief.

Kudron has worked for the La Crosse police since 2000.

He was sworn in almost exactly seven years to the day after previous chief Ron Tischer took office.

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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