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Retiring police chief to head WPS security
Retiring police chief to head WPS security

After a decade leading the Middleton police force, Chief Brad Keil will retire his public service hat later this month for a figurative one working in corporate security.

WPS Health Insurance said in a news release Thursday that Keil was hired as manager of corporate facilities security. He begins the job March 31.

Capt. Chuck Foulke, a 33-year veteran of the Middleton police force, said the department is sad to see Keil leave.

"I think in general his entire staff has mixed feelings (because) we’re professionally and personally sad to see him go, but (the WPS position is) a very good opportunity for him," Foulke said. "(Keil is) going out on top."

Foulke and Middleton Police Commission President Bev Jambois both pointed to the department's recent accreditation through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, a state policing standards credentialing authority, as one of Keil's many accomplishments as police leader. 

"(The WILEAG accreditation) is really something to be proud of because not many police departments do that and it’s a pretty stringent process," Jambois said. 

Keil has been chief of Middleton police for 10 years and was chief in Monona for five years before joining Middleton.

WPS Vice President of Business Services Mark Jensen said Keil's experience serving with local police will come in handy at the Monona-based insurer.

"As former chief of police for the city of Monona, his familiarity with the community and the local Business Watch program will be a tremendous asset," Jensen said in a news release.

Jambois said the five-member Middleton Police Commission plans to hire the new Middleton chief internally. The commission is currently accepting applications from qualified Middleton Police Department members and hopes to have the new chief appointed by the end of March, Jambois said.

Foulke said the police department is holding an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Keil's last day with MPD, March 28. He said the community is invited to attend.  

"(Keil is) a good friend of mine. Personally and professionally, I really admire him," Foulke said. "I know a lot of people are sad to see him leave."

Jambois said the police commission enjoyed working with Keil.

"He put together a great department,"  Jambois added. "(Keil's are) going to be tough shoes to fill."

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