Onalaska Police Chief's First Day

The new chief has his badge, his gun, and a new perspective.

Jeff Trotnic and his family made the trip from Missouri after finding the ad for a new police chief.

"Came across a town called Onalaska thinking it was going to be in Alaska so I started reading it and it said Wisconsin” says Trotnic.

He says it's a big change, but he's ready to dig in and get to know his officers.

"The immediate goal is talking to the officers and trying to get their feel for their vision of what this department should be and what they would like their role to be,” says Trotnic.

The area's bluffs and the sprawling Mississippi River surprised him just like the kindness of his neighbors.

"Every where we've gone people have treated us very warmly, beautiful area I mean the hills the water where I lived at in Joplin it wasn't like this it was more flat,” says Trotnic.

Trotnic says he's hoping this new change will go smoothly and so are the people who live here.

"One of the points I think he made during the process of hiring him was he wanted to make sure he was involved in a lot of stuff and I think that speaks well for him,” says James Edwards from Onalaska

Outside of work Trotnic says he's ready to get his new life in his new town started.

"It's a beautiful community and we're looking forward to a long life here in Onalaska,” he says.


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