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New Lax police chief learning about job, as family adjusts to change

Brad Williams

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La Crosse Police Chief Shawn Kudron receives the badge of chief from his wife during his swearing-in on September 30

The first few days as La Crosse’s new chief of police have been “busy, but good” for Shawn Kudron.

The veteran La Crosse police officer was sworn in last week, and has been kept occupied by meeting with staffers and community members.

Thursday morning on WIZM’s La Crosse Talk, Kudron was asked if his wife and children have adjusted to having a police chief in the family.

“I’ve been working in law enforcement now for nearly 20 years here in La Crosse, and they have a pretty good understanding of what it takes to do this job,” Kudron said.

The relationship between La Crosse judges and local police has been strained recently, as police have publicly protested when some crime suspects are let out of jail, and quickly arrested again.

But Kudron is concerned about how the courts deal with lawbreakers and is interested in whether people convicted of crimes get the proper punishment.

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.