Bloomer Mayor Names New Acting Police Chief

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The Bloomer mayor has named an acting police chief and he's quite familiar with law enforcement in the region.

Mayor Randy Summerfield says Richard Carr will report for duty as acting chief starting tomorrow morning (Mar. 16). Carr is a former Barron County Sheriff's Department patrol supervisor.

He ran for Barron County sheriff last year but narrowly lost in a recount. Carr fills the last opening at the Bloomer police department. Summerfield has been serving as the acting chief because current Police Chief Mike Bungartz is on paid leave while he faces four misdemeanor charges after an incident at the mayor's bar in January. Now Summerfield says Carr is in charge until Bungartz returns.

“We've also come into it with the understanding that if 2 weeks from now we don't like the looks of each other, it is that temporary, but we're looking for the long run until chief Bungartz comes back,” says Mayor Summerfield.

Summerfield says council members interviewed 8 people for the acting chief job and says the whole council is totally in favor of Carr's appointment.

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