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Posted on: May 7, 2021

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Following the announcement of the retirement of Monona’s former Police Chief, Walter Ostrenga, in December 2020, the City of Monona’s Police and Fire Commission initiated a recruitment process to select its next Chief. The Police and Fire Commission is assisted in this process by the recruitment consulting firm, GovHR USA. A total of 24 candidates applied for the position, and GovHR and the Police and Fire Commission narrowed the applicant pool to four finalist candidates, two of whom subsequently withdrew from consideration. The remaining two finalist candidates will interview with the Police and Fire Commission on May 10th. In addition, the Police and Fire Commission, GovHR, and the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership hosted a virtual community engagement event on May 6th for members of the public to hear from the finalist candidates. View a recording of this event here.

The two finalist candidates (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Brian Chaney Austin – Captain of Police – Traffic and Specialized Services for the City of Madison (WI) Police Department since 2018; Lieutenant of Police – Central District from 2016 to 2018; Sergeant of Madison Police Department Gang Unit from 2014 to 2017; Sergeant of Patrol Services from 2010 to 2014; employed by the City of Madison Police Department since 2002; 20 years of police service. Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice, Illinois State University.
  • Sara Deuman – Interim Chief of Police for the City of Monona (WI) Police Department since late 2020; Lieutenant of Detectives since 2008 and School Resource Officer from 2007 to 2008 with the City of Monona Police Department; employed by the City of Monona Police Department since 1997; 24 years of police service experience. Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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