The South Milwaukee Police & Fire Commission has chosen our next police chief: William Jessup.
The PFC voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the appointment of Jessup, a longtime Milwaukee Police Department leader who grew up in Cudahy. The South Milwaukee Common Council then accepted and placed on file the letter announcing his appointment, and approved his salary and benefits.
It is anticipated Chief Jessup will start with the SMPD on Jan. 8, giving him a week to work with Chief Ann Wellens before she retires. He will be sworn in Jan. 16.
He has big shoes to fill, as I’ve written about. One example of the impact Chief Wellens has had was on full display on Tuesday, as the chief received a proclamation celebrating the department’s latest Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group accreditation.
This is a strong validation of the work of our department, as WILEAG officials measure 237 items in assessing the quality of an agency. We excelled again, and are one of less than 10 percent of the state’s more than 550 police agencies to secure this accreditation. We’ve been accredited since 1998, when we were one of only three departments in the state to earn it the first year of the program.
“This is no small accomplishment,” said Stan Stojkovic, WILEAG board member and dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
No small accomplishment, indeed. Congratulations to Chief Wellens and the entire department for delivering every day to make this accreditation possible — and good luck to Chief Jessup as he builds on that legacy.