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WIZM 2019 TOP STORIES: No. 5, La Crosse gets a new police chief



A changing of the guard this year at the top of the La Crosse Police Department was voted as our newsroom’s #5 story for 2019. 

In June, La Crosse residents learned that Chief Ron Tischer had been hired to head the police department in Payson, Arizona. 

Tischer had been in La Crosse for seven years. 

The process for hiring a new chief led to three finalists, who were all captains on the La Crosse police force: Jason Melby, Daniel Kloss, and Shawn Kudron. 

Rob Abraham was named acting police chief when Tischer left town, but Abraham did not seek the job full-time. 

Kudron was promoted to chief, and took his oath of office on September 30th, the day after the close of Oktoberfest.

Chief Kudron has worked for the La Crosse police since 2000.  

Tischer said he hoped that his successor would continue improvements that he had worked on in La Crosse. 

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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