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Muskego - The Poilice Department may have a new chief this week to succeed Craig Moser, who will retire in early January.

The Muskego Police and Fire Commission was to interview four candidates on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and was likely to choose Moser's successor that night, said Michael Kuwitzky, commission chairman. That is after the Now press deadline, so watch for a story online.

All four candidates are already members of the department. The Muskego Police Department has a tradition of hiring from within.

"They are home-grown in the department," Kuwitzky said. "We're big believers in that,

"The department has a methodology that has served the community well and the commission wants that to remain strong."

The Muskego Police Department hasn't had the problems other departments have had, said Kuwitzky, who credited law enforcement leadership being honed locally through years of service.

Candidates qualified

All four candidates for chief are highly qualified, all having been with the department for a number of years, having been associated with the FBI academy and having taken advantage of other training opportunities, Kuwitzky said.

Most have more than 20 years in management positions, he said.

"They know every facet of the department inside and out," he said.

Police and fire commission member and former alderman Rob Glaiser said, "It'll be a challenging enterprise" to pick just one.

Chief since 2013

Moser was sworn in as chief in January 2013.

Asked if the commission would look for a new chief with more years ahead of him before retirement, Kuwitzky said probably not. That's because it takes a long time for candidates to have enough background to even be considered, he said.

To be eligible, they must have a college degree and at least 10 years in management positions with the department, he said.

There are younger members of the department with college degrees, many with more than one, but they don't have the required management experience, Kuwitzky said.

More needed

Beyond that baseline, Glaiser said the commission looks at qualifications, the candidate's vision for the department and evaluation of where it needs to grow.

Kuwitzky applauded Moser as an example of how well the system works.

"His whole career has been exemplary," Kuwitzky said.

Moser, who started with Muskego as a patrolman, was a captain with 27 years in law enforcement when he was chosen chief. He was named captain in 2007 and oversaw the services division and the detective bureau.

His priorities when he took over as chief included increasing community involvement and drug education for parents to try to combat the growing drug problem.

Kuwtizky said he has known the retiring chief since 1995 and said, "I've seen his career blossom."

"He's been an outstanding chief," Kuwitzky said.

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