Police & Fire Commission

Establishment

Established in 1952 and created pursuant to Chapter 2.28 of the Whitewater Municipal Code as well as Wisconsin State Statutes. Membership consists of five citizen members, appointed by the Common Council. Terms are for a five year period.

Scope of a Commission's Authority

The statutory powers, duties and responsibilities of a police and fire commission are significant. A commission has authority to: 

  • Appoint, suspend or remove the Chief of Police of the Police Department and the Chief of the Fire Department. (Section 62.13(3), Stats.) 
  • Approve all appointments made by the Police Chief and Fire Chief, including the promotion of subordinates. (Section 62.13(4)(a), Stats.) 
  • Approve competitive examinations used to judge suitability for appointment of subordinates. (Section 62.13(4)(d), Stats.) 
  • Approve each list of individuals determined to be eligible for appointment. (Section 62.13 (4)(a), Stats.) 
  • Suspend the Chief of a department or subordinates pending the filing and hearing of charges against them. (Section 62.13(3) and (5)(a), Stats.)
  • Initiate charges against the Chief of a Department or any subordinate. (Section 62.13(5)(b), Stats.) 
  • Hear charges filed against the Chief of a Department or a subordinate, make findings and determinations, and impose penalties. (Sec. 62.13(5)(d) and (5)(e), Stats.) 
  • Hear appeals of disciplinary actions initiated by the Chief of a Department against any subordinate. (Section 62.13(5)(d), Stats.)

Meetings

  • Scheduled quarterly: 
    • February
    • May 
    • August
    • November

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members

  • Dennis Knopp
    Term expires: 2020
    323 S Janesville Street
    Phone: 262-473-6408
    Email Dennis Knopp
  • Beverly Stone
    Term expires: 2022
    P.O. Box 291
    Phone: 262-473-4351
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