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Sparta hires first female police chief

SPARTA, Wis. - For the first time, a woman will serve as the police chief of the Sparta Police Department.

The city's Police and Fire Commission approved Deputy Chief Emilee Nottestand to fill the position.

The recommendation now moves to the Finance Committee and City Council for confirmation, according to current Chief Dave Kuderer, who is set to retire in early January.

Nottestad has been with the department since 2015. She joined as a lieutenant before being promoted to deputy chief.

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