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The real Mike Koval

If anyone could have anticipated just how demanding the job of police chief would be in the country today–Madison in particular–it might have been Mike Koval. By the time he took over as Madison chief in 2014, Koval had put in three decades as a Madison cop and two years as an FBI agent. He had seen the Madison Police Department grow and the city change.

With the hands-on way he intended to pursue the chief’s job, Koval knew it was potentially all consuming, with 12-hour days and a phone he could never feel comfortable turning off. The time commitment also meant giving up something close to him. So close, it moved him to tears.

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval

The real Mike Koval