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Jim Ketchem selected to be Mayville’s new police chief

September 12, 2018
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Jim Ketchem, right talks with his wife Carrie Ketchem and supporter Judy Haddad while waiting for election results in this Aug. 14, 2018, Daily Citizen file photo.

MAYVILLE—Jim Ketchem will be the new police chief in Mayville.

The Mayville Police and Fire Commission made the choice Sept. 6. Mayor Rob Boelk confirmed the selection and the Common Council will begin working out a contract for salary and benefits with Ketchem at a closed session meeting today.

The council could take action and offer a contract today, though negotiations with the previous chief did not move so quickly.

Ketchem and Cliff Sanderson, the president of the police commission, did not return calls seeking comment.

Ketchem has served in Dodge County law enforcement for more than two decades and currently ranks as lieutenant. He challenged Sheriff Dale Schmidt in the August Republican primary, but came up short with only 45 percent of the vote after a contentious campaign season.

Ketchem ran on a campaign of promising to improve communication and morale within the sheriff’s department. He declined to stage a write-in candidacy in the general election.

Ketchem first served as a patrol deputy with the county in 1996 before working his way up to deputy, sergeant, and now lieutenant for six years. He was briefly the interim chief deputy in 2013.

He lives in Horicon with his wife, Carrie, and attends First Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. They have two grown daughters, Bethany and Jordan.

Mayville Lt. Ryan Toellner has been the interim chief since former chief Ryan Vossekuil left the department in July to become the chief in Jackson. Vossekuil’s salary was $73,400. He has served as a full-time officer since 2003. He was promoted to sergeant in 2012 and captain in 2015.

Vossekuil rejected Mayville’s original contract offer to him because it included a 12-month probationary period, which was waived in the final offer.

Vossekuil and the city are defendants in a lawsuit brought by a former officer alleging there was a violation of a confidentiality agreement related to the officer leaving the department.

Mayville police department leadership has been unsettled, with another former police chief stepping down before pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges related to misconduct in office.

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