Richland Center police commission promotes acting chief to chief, previous chief awaits court date

Richland Center police squad

MADISON, Wis. — The Richland Center Police Commission has selected acting Chief Billy Jones to take over the position full time. Jones was sworn in on Thursday.

His role as acting chief came after the previous chief, Lucas Clements, was put on paid administrative leave and ultimately resigned after a months-long investigation into allegations of sexual assault.

Clements pleaded not guilty to three charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and a charge of theft on Nov. 1. The case is scheduled for a status conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Jones has been with the department since 2004 and served as lieutenant before taking over as acting chief.

At a police commission meeting in November, the body voted to change the requirements for the role, altering the education requirement to an associate’s degree from a bachelor’s degree.

The commission also increased the required experience to 10 years from five.

The commission president said these changes were not made specifically to make the position open to Jones, though under previous requirements, Jones would have been ineligible for the job.