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La Crosse County committee prepares to find members for citizens’ panel to review law enforcement



A month has passed since the La Crosse County Board voted to start a civilian review board, to take comments from the public about police activity.

The county Judiciary and Law Committee discussed what that review board would do and who might serve on it.


La Crosse County Administrator Jane Klekamp said the new board, which would go for a two-year trial, might be ready to start work as early as June.

“Because we will be developing an application process that will go out, we’ll have people respond, people have to get together and interview, ” Klekamp said.

When asked who might be considered for the 5 to 7 member board, Klekamp said she would like to see “people who are open-minded, willing to help people navigate a complicated system, and also try and understand how we can make relationships better” with people of color and others, who might be “over-represented” in the local court system.

One recent local opinion poll showed two-thirds of the people responding were against the idea of starting a county committee to monitor police work, though this is not what the citizens review board is doing.

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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  1. Kent Porter

    March 13, 2024 at 10:20 am

    I have a great idea , let’s start a citizens committee to oversee the city and county boards also the Mayor to micro manage them and all their wasteful spending for homeless and things like the 110 street lights put up on Onalaska Ave. Last summer which cost $5000 a piece !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Steve

      April 2, 2024 at 4:08 pm

      This would more efficient way to spend tax dollars than monitoring law enforcement. Once more, Tara Johnson is spending wastefully.

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