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Village Officials Support Search for New Deputy Police Chief

Police and village officials say filling vacant position is key to keeping officers on the street and allowing the chief focusing on big-picture department tasks.

Does Shorewood really need a deputy police chief?

Police and village officials answered that question with a "yes" Monday night and now the search is on for a candidate to fill the post.

The village's Police Commission will oversee the search and will interview candidates.

The job opened up after , and retired on Nov. 30 after serving as deputy chief for 16 months of his 27-year career on the force. It's unclear how long the search process will take.

Police Chief David Banaszynski has said keeping the position was key in the department. A deputy chief in Shorewood means more officers patrolling the streets, where they should be. Banaszynski said the deputy chief serves more of an administrative role, freeing him up to focus on strategic tasks and officers to keep the village safe.

Trustee Don Ford echoed Banaszynski on Monday, saying he sees the chief position as a big-picture, planning and budget position, and the deputy chief post as leader who oversees the day-to-day operations.

“We have found that not having this deputy chief role takes officers off the street and puts them into a sort of administrative role,” Ford said. “The position was left vacant for a long time, which put a real strain on the chief."

With Banaszynski likely to retire in the next few year, officials said filling the position might peg a successor to head the police force.

Trustee Patrick Linnane said if something were to happen to Banaszynski, there would be no one to take over the police force as things stand now.

Trustee Ellen Eckman, who cast the lone vote against filling the post, said neighboring communities don't have a deputy chief and in this economy, filling the position may not be the right move.

CowDung February 08, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I agree completely with Joe's praise of Chief Banaszynski service to the community--he is a hard working and dedicated police chief as well as an active member of the Shorewood Men's Club.
CowDung February 08, 2012 at 07:23 PM
thought the gates were intended to keep out the political conservatives...
Lyle Ruble February 08, 2012 at 07:27 PM
@CowDung...Naw, the conservatives are the only ones working and we need their money so the rest of us can enjoy our socialist society.
David Tatarowicz February 09, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees --- Chief Banaszynski has "for years" advocated for the consolidation of northshore police departments, especially a consolidation of Shorewood and Whitefish Bay --- to Eliminate Excessive Managerial Positions and put More Cops on the Street !! But since the good folks and officials of Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and the other northshore communities all want to protect their "turf" -- the Chief has to play with the cards that he has been dealt. And by any means of assessment he has been playing his cards very well for the benefit of the people he serves.
Jay Sykes February 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
The success of the 'in progress' merger of NSFD dispatching and the various NS-PD dispatching groups (located @ Bayside PD) will lead to further examination of 'shared resources' for the police departments of the North Shore.

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