Cummings appointed as Reedsburg police chief

February 16, 2019

A 16-year veteran that currently holds the second in command spot at the Reedsburg Police Department will soon move up to the top role.

Lieutenant Patrick Cummings was appointed by Reedsburg’s police and fire commission to succeed Tim Becker as police chief. Becker is stepping down to take over as Reedsburg’s full time city administrator, a position he was appointed to at the Feb. 11 regular meeting.

The announcement was made in a press release from the Reedsburg Police Department Feb. 15, the morning after the police and fire commission held a meeting to discuss possibly appointing a next police chief. Once the commission reconvened into open session, Chairman and father of Mayor Dave Estes, David A. Estes, said the commission unanimously approved to appoint Cummings to the position.

Estes said the commission chose Cummings based on his experience with the department.

“He knows the ins and outs of the whole police department,” Estes said of Cummings. “It’s a great transition.”

Becker said the police and fire commission decided hiring from within was in the police departments best interest to continue what it has built over the years.

“They made the determination they were really pleased with the way the police department was going,” Becker said. “They thought hiring within would continue that.”

Cummings officially takes over March 11 and will be sworn in at that evening’s common council meeting at 7 p.m. at city hall. Until then, he will remain in his current role and will work with Becker, who is currently serving as interim police chief, to learn more about the position.

Becker said Cummings is a “great selection” for the next police chief.

Cummings said he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from city officials and co-workers at the Reedsburg Police Department.

“I’m very proud to serve this community that I’ve been a part of for quite some time now,” he said.

Cummings grew up near the Baraboo area and graduated from Baraboo High School in 1998. Prior to graduating from University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Cummings said he completed an internship with the Reedsburg Police Department. After completing academy training, he was sworn in as a patrol officer with the Reedsburg Police Department in 2002.

He held roles of officer, detective sergeant and detective lieutenant with the department. Cummings said being a part of many different roles over the years gives him a good insight on “what needs to be accomplished in those areas” as well as provide guidance to other officers in those positions.

Cummings said he believes the police department is in a good position and looks forward to carrying that forward in the role as police chief. He said one of his main focuses as police chief will be maintaining the efficacy of the police department and “what we have built up over the years to get to the point where we are now.” Another focus of his is growing the experience of the younger officers within the department.

“Giving them the resources to thrive is also important,” Cummings said.

Becker said choosing a person to fill Cummings current role will happen “down that road” after Cummings is sworn in, a decision that will also be made by Cummings and the police and fire commission.