Middleton Police Commission to hold public forum on finalists for Middleton Police Chief position

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MIDDLETON, Wis. — The Middleton Police Commission will host a public forum Wednesday to give the public a chance to share input on the three finalists for the role of Middleton Police Chief.

During the forum, the public will be able to provide written ratings on the three finalists’ answers to six questions. The Police Commission will deliberate in a closed-door session after the forum. The final selection will be voted on in a public session later that night. The three finalists for the position are Kenneth Clary, Troy Hellenbrand and Kevin Warych.

Clary has worked for the Iowa State Patrol since 1994. During that time, he has implemented multiple policing efforts, including a multi-year study that led to a decrease in fatality and serious injury crashes. Clary earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Northern Iowa, a masters degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University, and he is a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraska – Omaha.

Hellenbrand began his law enforcement career with the City of Columbus Police Department in 1994. Later that year, he was hired as a police officer with the Village of Shorewood Hills Police Department. In 1999, he was hired by the Middleton Police Department. During his time with the Middleton Police Department, Hellenbrand has worked as a school resource officer, a detective, a patrol sergeant, and since the retirement of Chief Charles Foulke, acting police chief. Hellenbrand has an associate degree in police science from Madison College and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Southern University.

Warych first began working in law enforcement in 2001, when he was hired by the Green Bay Police Department. Since then, he’s worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, patrol lieutenant and captain, among other roles. Warych has a master’s degree in organizational leadership and quality from Marian College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in Spanish from UW-Oshkosh. He is also a 2019 graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston.

To read more about the three finalists, click here.