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Watertown Police Department

Serving the community since 1853




Up to 1842 Watertown operated under a county system of government and in April of that year Watertown held its first election for town constables.  Harris Gilman and Eli H. Bouton were chosen. 



JOSEPH GILES, Village Marshal

On March 7, 1849, Watertown was incorporated as a village and a charter was adopted.  The village marshal was Joseph Giles.


Joseph Giles was one of the early day police officers in Watertown.  He was sheriff of Jefferson County many years ago, deputy sheriff, constable, in fact held office most all his life in Watertown.  Joe was always able to manage the tough boys who came to town . . .




In 1853 Watertown was incorporated as a city, and from then on operated the law and order department, with justices of the peace, city marshals and constables.  There were justices of the peace in Watertown and sometimes two or three constables in a ward.  Occasionally in an old city directory one or two would be identified as policemen.


CITY CHARTER / AN ACT  /  To Incorporate the City of Watertown

03 03       . . . Section 7.  The mayor shall be the chief executive officer and head of the police of the city.  It shall be his duty to recommend in writing to the city council such measures as he may deem expedient.  He shall keep the seal of said city, sign all commissions, licenses and permits which may be granted by the city council; he shall endeavor to maintain peace and good order, and see that the laws of the state and ordinances of the city are observed and executed; he shall have the power to administer oaths or affirmations, and to take and certify acknowledgement of deeds and other instruments in writing.  As a judicial officer, he shall have power, and by giving the bonds required by law, may exercise the jurisdiction of justice of the peace, and to prevent or suppress riot or other public disturbance, by may appoint as many special constables as he may deem proper.


In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand a affixed the great seal of said state, at the capitol in Madison, this third day of March, A.D. 1853.


Charles D Robinson, Secretary of State.     Watertown Chronicle, 03 16 1853


-- --          LUCIUS BRUEGGER became the first city marshal in 1853 when Watertown was incorporated as a city.



Ernst Off, City Marshal



Night Watchman taken up town, filled with beer, while two sawed Maes’ shanty fence and threw it into the river



-- --          Harris Gilman, City Marshal

August Tanck elected City Marshal



01 27          Accounts presented and referred . . . W. Bieber & Co., for rent of lock-up to March, 1859, $18.00   WD


02 10          Confer with Messrs. Bieber & Co. and ascertain the amount of rent for lock up for the ensuring year    WD


03 03          John Staub, candidate for office of City Marshal


03 10          Subject of Police Jurisdiction


06 02       Special Police or Night Watch proposed   WD



-- --          August Tanck, City Marshal



01 26       August Tank for three months services as City Marshall, Oct. 1st, 1859, to Dec 31, 1859, $25, allowed and charged to city general fund  WD



-- --          John Haines, City Marshal

05 23        Office of police justice to be abolished, remarks by Mayor Williams   WD



-- --          Frederick Herman, City Marshal



-- --          J. STAUB, City Marshal


06 25       NIGHT WATCH

Common Council Proceedings:  Resolved, that his Honor the Mayor be authorized to appoint a night watch if, in his opinion, it is necessary.   WD


10 15       A THIEF CAUGHT

On the night of the 8th the warehouse of George Peeples was entered by means of cutting a hole through the floor and a considerable quantity of wool and a number of sheep pelts stolen.  Sheriff Giles immediately went in pursuit of the thief, overtook him at Madison, brought him and the property back, and after examination before Justice Ducassee, was committed to jail for trial.  The name of the burglar is Otto Esche.  He will probably have a permanent location at Waupun before long.   WD



-- --          John Haines, City Marshal


Ald. Dennis moved that the Mayor is hereby requested to make out the account against the county for keeping criminals in the city lockup, and that the [Jefferson County] Deputy Sheriff, Joseph Giles, should be asked to certify on the account that he used the lockup for the county prisoners, and that such account be presented for allowance at the next meeting of the county board.  Motion carried.


The Clerk read the report of the election held on the 15th day of January and on motion of Ald. Dennis the Committee of Judiciary was instructed to report at the next meeting of the Council a bill to be presented to the Assembly for the passage of an act to legalize all actions had in regard to raising a tax to pay bounties to volunteers.   WD



Resolved, That the salary of the Marshal of this city for the ensuing year shall be two hundred dollars and that the sum so paid shall include and be in full for all services that the said Marshal is performing under the direction of the Common Council.  Adopted by unanimous vote.    WD




Common Council Proceedings:  Against General Fund, John Hains, $50, three months salary as Marshal.   WD



-- --          ERNST OFF, CITY MARSHAL


1869               SPECIAL POLICE

1. The common council, for the purpose of guarding against the calamities of fire, shall have power to prescribe the limits within which wooden building or buildings of other materials that shall not be considered fire proof, shall not be erected or repaired and to direct that all and any buildings within . . .


7. The common council shall have power to organize a sack [fire] company, which shall be known as sack company number one, to consist of not more than twenty members. Such company shall constitute a part of the fire department, and at fires shall be subject to the control of the chief engineer. The members of said company, either collectively or individually, are hereby authorized and empowered to act as a special police in and for the city of Watertown, and are hereby vested with all the power and authority which now is or may hereafter be vested in any police officer of said city and shall be entitled to all the rights and immunities of the fire department; at fires they shall take charge of all property which may be exposed or endangered, and shall, so far as it may be in their power, preserve the same from injury and destruction . . . Riedl, Ken, Watertown Fire Department: 1858-2007, 2007, pg 48



Gas supplied to Engine house and Lockup on S. First St.



-- --          John “Putt” Reichert [Reichardt], City Marshal




-- --          P. Dougherty, City Marshal



-- --          J. F. Barber, City Marshal



-- --          WATERTOWN SPECIAL POLICE [Fire Police]

A general desire seems to prevail among many of our citizens, and the matter will soon be submitted to the consideration of the Board of Street Commissioners as to the exigency of organizing a Sack Company, to act as a reinforcement to our present police force in cases of great necessity.


Although the city charter expressly provides for an organization of this description [see 1869], still no force of this kind has yet been formed, and without it the efficiency of our Fire Department seems necessarily incomplete.  The organization, as provided by the charter, is to comprise not more than twenty men, to constitute a part of the Fire Department and to be subjected to the full control of the chief engineer.


It is understood that each member belonging to the company is virtually constituted a police officer, empowered with the same rights, privileges and authority that are vested in any emissary connected with our city police.  Watertown Democrat, 06 22 1876  / Riedl, Ken, Watertown Fire Department: 1858-2007, 2007, pg 84


Sack Company No. 1 was incorporated in 1876 for the purpose of attending fires in the capacity of a special fire police force—few now know that they even existed, much less what their role was at the time.  Special Police or Fire Police were Volunteer Fire Company members with sworn police powers.  They received special police training and were responsible for traffic control, crowd control, fire and incident scene security, apparatus security securing property and, in some instances, station security during calls for service. They hustled when the alarm of fire was heard, many times reaching the scene before the firemen themselves.  During times of large-scale or particularly serious small emergencies, the response system could become overwhelmed.  To that end, having a trained, equipped group of responders who could supplement fire personnel was an invaluable tool to incident commanders.      Riedl, Ken, Watertown Fire Department: 1858-2007, 2007, pgs 84-86



-- --          D. Kehr, City Marshal



-- --          GEORGE HENZE, City Marshal


A city marshal reported, and complained, to the city council in 1879 that he had arrested four persons as vagrants and brought them to the Justice of the Peace, who dismissed them all with the injunction "go and sin no more."  Later 17 others were arrested as vagrants, one was put in jail, 16 were dismissed to "go and sin no more."   WDT article 03 20 1982



-- --          F. P. [Peter] Brook, owner of a confectionary and fruit store on the Main St bridge, served as deputy city marshal, date uncertain   WG




An Editorial:  A prominent farmer of Emmet made quite a disgraceful exhibition of himself on Main Street yesterday afternoon on account of being well filled with corn juice.  He became quite noisy and when remonstrated with by an officer, endeavored to convince the arm of the law that he could act just as he pleased on our streets.  Our deputy marshal made an effort to quiet him, found kind words of no avail, and was compelled to use his cane on the fellow’s head, cutting him slightly.  At this juncture in the proceedings our rural friend’s wife took a hand in [the incident] and the officer was persuaded to let the fellow alone.  Such fellows as the subject of this item have been dealt too lenient with by our officers and they imagine that they can do just as they please without being interfered with.  If this fellow’s head is sore for some time to come, our verdict is that he deserves not only a sore head, but should be fined for raising a disturbance.   WG



August      Charles Kerr, appointed night patrolman, becomes city marshal and first police chief; served 1885-1912.

09 04       Officer Stylow; chance to show the public just how adept he was at handling six desperate tramps



05 26       Custodian of the Public's Peace Unable to Control Himself

A city officer, who is supposed to be a custodian of the public's peace, could be seen Sunday last highly intoxicated, unable to control himself, let alone other people, and at the same time dashing through the streets in a buggy and putting the whip to the horse in a manner that made said officer liable to be arrested for cruelty to animals.  Should our city tolerate this state of things much longer?   WG


07 16       Tramps Arrested After Struggle

Sheriff Illing and Marshall Zautner had quite an exciting time arresting seven tramps who were quartered near the C. & N.W. Ry. depot.  The tramps made a strong resistance, and the sheriff found it necessary to draw his revolver and for the marshal to use his billy in arresting them.  They were finally captured and placed in the lockup overnight.  Next day Commissioner Feld examined them.  Four were bound over for trial to the circuit court for being tramps, and two for resisting an officer.  The last of the gang was sentenced to the county jail for 15 days for using profane language.



-- --          CHARLES ZAUTNER, City Marshal

Night police officer sleeping while on duty, Zautner prepared formal complaint regarding.



-- --          Police Dept located in City Hall, adjacent to Fire Dept




-- --          CHARLES KERR, City Marshal



01 23      1894 CRIME REPORT

During the year 1894 there were 226 arrests made by officers in this city.  The statistics as compiled by the chief-of-police show the nature of complaint and number of arrests as follows: Assault, 29;  abusive language,27;  drunk and disorderly, 17;  petit larceny, 11; carrying  concealed weapons, 4;  obtaining money by false pretenses, 3; malicious mischief, 3;  indecent exposure,2;  threats, 2;  resisting officer, 2; bastardy, 1;  grave larceny, 1;  assault with intent to rob, 1;  non-support, 1; jumping board bill, 1.   In addition there were papers served on 121 tramp cases, making the total 226 arrests.  Besides, 1,000 persons were accorded free lodging at the jail.  WR


06 29          Julius Schoechert appointed special policeman   WG


x             Charles H. Pieritz appointed to force




West siders are crying for another night police officer in their section.  It is claimed that one man cannot possibly render service to the business portion of that part of the city and at the same time keep a watchful eye on the horde of tramps and tough characters who infest the railroad tracks from the Junction to the Northwestern coal sheds.  It is not deemed safe for a citizen to travel over that route after nightfall.  An extra officer is urgently demanded.   WR



A rude tramp had lodgings Saturday night at the police station.  He somewhat amused the officers by demanding that they provide him with cigarettes, specifying Sweet CaporaIs as the only brand that he smoked .  Such luxuries, however, are not furnished at the station.   WR




Watertown's first Chief of Police in the modern sense of that term was the late Herman C. Block.  He was first named in 1896 and served by appointment of the City Council from 1903 to 1910, when he was appointed to the same position by the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners, serving until 1916 when he resigned and was succeeded by Charles Pieritz. 


Mr. Block became a Milwaukee Road detective after leaving his position here.  His home for many years was at South Fourth and Market Streets, the site now [1954] occupied by the office building of Dr. A. C. Hahn, Dr. A. C. Nickels and Dr. Vernon P. Smebak.


Death of, 1926




The police force of this city is probably the poorest paid of any like body of men in the state.  People must remember that these men are on duty when they are snugly ensconced in a good warm bed, and that they are obliged to face the extremes of all kinds of weather.  They have to support their families, and dress as becomes the dignity of their positions.  How are they going to do it on $35 per month?  Other cities pay about twice that sum.  Besides, it is a very hazardous occupation.  Their work is amongst the criminal classes, and the liability of bodily injury and the destruction of hard-earned uniforms continually stares them in the face.  Others might be found to take their places at the same miserable stipend, but an increase in their monthly allowance would not only be an act of justice but tend to greater zealousness.  These men have long been in the employ of the city, and their faithfulness deserves to be rewarded.   WR



(same date) Chief of Police Block reports that during the year 1898 1,648 persons mostly tramps were given lodging in the city lock-up.  The total number of arrests made on warrants was 171.  WR



Times, Weltbuerger and Gazette are in hardy accord with the Republican in the movement to increase the pay of our policemen.   The Welbuerger's suggestion of $45 per month is not a dollar too much.  And even that rate is $15 less per month than Fond du Lac and Madison, and $30 less than Janesville. WG



At about 2 o'clock Sunday morning Officer Lucius Bruegger shot and killed Gustave Dumpke near the corner of West Main and North Warren streets.  Apparently the deed was committed in self-defense.


It is said that Dumpke, together with two companions, Edward Gruel and Henry Saum, had been drinking and carousing downtown Saturday night and the police warned them to desist and retire to their homes.  They had proceeded a portion of the way when Officer Krueger, on his return from the Junction, came across them at the place above mentioned.  The men were still boisterous and noisy and Bruegger threatened them with arrest unless the disturbance ceased.  Thereupon the three attacked the officer, knocking him down, taking away his billy and unmercifully pounding him.  Bruegger fought bravely, but was badly used up, the injuries about his head being terrible and resulting in much loss of blood.  While lying on the ground and only as a last resort, he claims, he pulled his revolver and fired, the bullet hitting Dumpke in the right neck, passing upward and lodging in the left temple.


As best he could, Officer Bruegger notified Janitor Krueger of the occurrence.  The latter gave the alarm and Officers Kerr and Pieritz were soon at work on the case, Bruegger meanwhile going to a physician to have his wounds dressed.   WR




The Watertown Daily Times publishes an article in which it says:  "It is openly charged by police officers and at least one justice of the peace in this city that men who are sent to the county jail at Jefferson as tramps are in some cases, it is alleged, allowed their liberty before the expiration of the sentence imposed.”  Sheriff Jaehnke, when shown the above, denied the charge that he ever willingly allowed a tramp or other person in his custody to leave the jail before the time for which he sentenced expired.  He said that it is possible that one may have escaped from the stockade, as it is a difficult matter to prevent one from securing his freedom if he so desires, but if so it was not with his consent.  We know that Sheriff Jaehnke is endeavoring to faithfully discharge the duties of his office, and when he made the above statement we believe it to be true. Jefferson Banner.   WR



Last Saturday afternoon a young man, a stranger in these parts, entered the hardware store of Wm. Weber & Co. and represented that he wanted to buy a bicycle.  He picked out the wheel he wanted and asked if he could try it before completing the bargain to buy.  He was granted permission, mounted the wheel and rode east.  He did not return within a reasonable time, and Mr. Weber notified the police.  Chiefs Block informed the law officers of the surrounding towns and then went to the Junction accompanied by Oscar Weber, and got on a freight train going east, the train men of which agreed to slow up the train if anyone riding a wheel was seen on the track ahead.  When the train got about two miles this side of Oconomowoc the engineer saw two men on the track, one of whom had a wheel; the train was slowed up and Messrs. Block and Weber got off, and found the fellow with the wheel was the one wanted.  He gave his name as Harry Barnes and was brought back to this city and placed in jail.  Monday morning he was taken before Justice Stacy, District Attorney Rogers being present and prosecuting.  He was bound over to the circuit court for trial, his bonds being placed at $300.  Not being able to furnish bail, he was taken to the county jail.   WG




Monday evening the police were called upon to quell a disturbance near the Junction which was being carried on by four tramps who were badly polluted with liquor. The tramps were very boisterous and daring, and made matters extremely unpleasant to the people of that vicinity.  Chief Block and Officer Bruegger responded to the call for help and upon arriving on the scene found the “hoboes” all ready to fight for their liberty.  Nothing daunted, the minions of the law warmed up to their task and in short order had two of the disturbers who seemed particularly anxious to battle in complete subjection.  The remaining two were also captured with the aid of other police.  Yesterday morning the tramps were brought into justice court and given county jail sentences.    WR



Last Monday evening a tramp made things quite lively on the west side for police officers.  Officer Butzler ordered him out of town, and refusing to go, he was taken in charge by the officer.  At the corner of West Main and Montgomery streets, without warnings or provocation, he struck the officer in the mouth, inflicting an ugly cut, and then followed this up with another punch in the face.  Officer Butzler thought it about time to retaliate, and knocked foe fellow down.  The tramp then refused to go further, and Chief Block was sent for.  His persuasive powers had no more effect on his trampship than Butzler’s, and the unruly fellow was given a ride to foe city jail in a wheelbarrow.  On Tuesday morning Justice Stacy sentenced him to 15 days in the county jail.  Nine years ago our officers had the same kind of trouble with the same tramp, and he did not visit our city again until last week.  Such fellows deserve harsh treatment.  Chief Block says he is the most utterly ugly fellow that has ever visited our city..    WG




Jerry Butzler, the policeman, found a “drunk” near the corner of Main and Third streets.  He hunted up a patrol wagon consisting of one wheel and two sighting rods and loaded his find and started for the city jail down Main St. accompanied on his journey by a hundred or more interested spectators who encouraged him on the way and spit in their hands whenever Jerry became tired and great beads of perspiration trickled down his face.  When he reached the jail, the patrol wagon, being provided with an automatic dumping arrangement, the “drunk” dumped himself upon the ground while Jerry was busy unlocking the door of the bastille and endeavored to crawl away on his one leg and hands.  The crowd aided him in the effort, but the officer finally landed his man and is entitled to praise for his humanity, for the “drunk” would have frozen had he not been taken care of by the officer.



12 29       Chief Block arrests poultry and seed thief  




John Walitz of Shields has learned by experience that it does not pay to talk back to an officer.  The fellow was ushered into Justice Henze's court yesterday afternoon, charged with recklessly driving a horse on Main Street.  Despite the fact that Walitz was requested by chief of Police Block to stop, the fellow disregarded the appeal and answered in an impertinent manner, whereupon the chief concluded that it was time that patience ceased to be a virtue and the “wise guy” was taken before the bar of justice with the result that he was given a small fine.  The chief “opened his heart” and interceded to have the $5 fine remitted, not taking his own fees, saving the party a good little sum.  Walitz showed that he was destitute of appreciation when he “read the riot act” to Chief Block, after luckily escaping with only the justice costs.



Chief of Police:  H. C. Block

Policemen:  Lucius Bruegger, Charles Pieritz, Gerhardt Butzler, Charles Kerr

Special Policemen:  Carl Beduhn, Bert W. Smith




Editor Gazette:  Complaints are being made that police officers are making use of their authority to gratify personal spite or to "get even" for political reasons.  One or two officers in particular seem to have it in for certain parties and never lose an opportunity to insult them.  Indeed, they seem to go out of their way in their efforts to provoke a quarrel.  They evidently take great delight in sneering at persons of different political belief than themselves, and in hurling low, cheap witticisms at them, which they perhaps read in the comic supplements and try to pass off as original, while others are allowed to loaf in doorways and on corners, undisturbed as long as they wish.  They appear to be under the protecting wing of these officers, and no doubt they are, since it was voters of this brand who had much to do with electing the present administration.


It is indeed cowardly for officers to shield themselves behind their stars so that people can give no back talk to their insults.  Such officers generally hold office through political "pull" and are unfit for the position.


When it is necessary to censure persons for loitering, etc., it should be done in a gentlemanly manner.  For instance the other evening a group of young men were standing in front of a candy store.  One of the older policemen came along and said “They want you inside boys."  The boys took the hint and moved along laughing.  The officer's words had no sting or insult in them to provoke anger.  – A Minor    WG


05 09       EDITOR DAILY TIMES MIGHT TAKE OWN ADVICE Before "Rushing Into Print"

Editor Gazette:—The Daily Times of Saturday evening calls an unsigned article in The Gazette against members of the police force "cowardly," that it “cast odium upon the whole department."  ………….  The Times says "Of late it seems to be the fad to discredit everybody connected with the conduct of city affairs, and the police of course come in for their share."  On the contrary, it seems to be the fad for some of those connected with the city administration to insult everyone with any claim to respectability, and the police can expect nothing else than to be discredited if they follow the lead of some of their superiors.  – A Minor.   WG  



02 05       SALARIES

Police officers' salaries hereafter will be regulated upon the class in which they are placed.  In accordance with a governing statute, four classes of policemen were established by the ordinance as follows:  Class A $900, Class B $720, Class C $660, Class D $540.  At present all patrolmen are receiving $720 per year.   WG



On March 1st Gerhard Butzler, who has been for the past 13 years a member of the Watertown police force, resigned from the force and he will in a short time move to Fond du Lac to make his home with his daughters.  Mr. Butzler has suffered greatly for some time with an affliction of one of his limbs and he finally decided to retire and take life easy.  Jerry was always a favorite on the police force, and we believe did not have an enemy in the city.  His many friends will regret his departure from the city very much and all wish him happiness wherever he may reside in the future.  His place is being temporarily filled by William Murphy, proprietor of the Belvidere Hotel.   WG



Policeman Herbie Weis evidently is the “right man in the right place.”  Monday evening he found a man prowling in the rear of Schempf Bros. store, who acted as if he was endeavoring to effect an entrance to the store.  He was placed in the city lockup overnight and next morning Justice Rohr gave him thirty days in the county jail.


The same evening Policeman Weis rounded up a negro near the Junction.  The colored gentleman used abusive language to the policeman and refused to move on.  The officer took him in tow and was leading him to the city jail when the fellow broke away from the officer and refused to halt even after the officer fired after him to scare him.  A second shot from the officer, however, hit the fellow in the ball of the foot and he is now receiving treatment at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Herbie evidently is not afraid to go after either white or colored criminals.


Wednesday afternoon a hobo and railway detective got into an alteration at the Junction and the police department was notified.  Herbie chartered an auto, made the Junction in double-quick time and placed the hobo in the jail.  Next day he was given a term in the county jail.   WG  




Married.  Herbert A. Weis and Miss Marguerite S. Nabel of Madison were married at Waukegan, Ills., last week Wednesday by Rev. Mr. Gangster at the Episcopal church.  Clarence A. Schimmel and wife of this city attended them.  The groom is one of Watertown’s popular policemen and his bride has been connected as a pianist for some time with one of our moving picture theatres.  She is a most excellent young lady and both she and her husband have the well wishes of all our people in the life they have just entered.  They will make their home at the Washington House.   WG


07 01          BARKER LUMBER FIRE, police presence at 

   3:40 am alarm turned in by Patrolman Arthur Doerr



      Olympian Trail Bandits Thought Arrested

      Police of Watertown Engage in Midnight Revolver Fight with Three Desperados.


The three desperados suspected of having held up and robbed the Olympian train of the Milwaukee Road in Washington last week escaped from officials in Watertown early at 1 o’clock Wednesday morning by keeping up an incessant fire from their automatic revolvers.


Only the fortunate failure of a cartridge to explode probably saved the life of Patrolman Arthur Doerr and Lucius Bruegger of the Watertown force.  With an automatic revolver leveled at their heads, when taken by surprise, they would have been killed by the train bandits.  The shot failed to explore, but the click of the trigger warned Doerr and he dropped to the ground in darkness.  Fully fifty shots were exchanged in the fight that followed.


The Milwaukee police were warned to be on the alert for the bandits and two suspects were arrested early Wednesday morning.  They were found in a box car on an incoming rain.  Chief Herman Block of Watertown and Patrolman Doerr arrived in Milwaukee later in the day and saw the suspects in the central police station.  Block and Doerr were unable to identify them.


The Milwaukee police have every reason to believe that the men who tried to take the life of Bruegger and Doerr are the same men who held up the train near the Pacific coast.


Since the Olympian was heId up, three men, who tally to the description of the train robbers, have been working their way east, robbing station agents and citizens along the way in a manner which showed them to be desperate and dangerous.  Three stations west of Madison were ransacked in the past two nights.


In Portage early Tuesday night a citizen was held up and robbed, and according to word received here two patrolmen in that city tried to arrest the armed robbers.  Instead the officers were backed up against a barn and were disarmed of their weapons and released by their captors under threat of being murdered if they gave any alarm before the robbers would escape.


The police in Portage wired to Watertown, requesting that all incoming trains be searched.  Patrolmen Doerr, Bruegger and Weis and C. D. Lapham, night operator at the Junction, went to search a freight train which had arrived.  They found the quarry in the first car.  Not knowing that the men were in the car, Doerr took his flashlight and in the illumination saw the three men.


“What are you doing here?” he asked.  Without saying a word, one of the suspects drew an automatic revolver and pressed it against the nose of the officer.  A click of the trigger followed, but there was no explosion of the cartridge.


Doerr dropped to the ground to save himself.  The suspects jumped back into the boxcar, while Doerr began firing at them until his revolver was empty.  The suspects, every time the officer fired, answered the shots and bullets went over the officer’s head, but none of them found their mark.


Officers Bruegger and Weis took a hand in the game and a running fire of revolver play ensued.  The operator agent and Officer Weis followed one of the suspects along the track, but the suspect held them at bay by frequent shots from his revolver and escaped.


“I have learned my lesson,” said Doerr this morning.  “Next time I will be better armed and have enough shots with me.”


Doerr attributes the escape of the train robbers to the fact that they were better armed and provided with several rounds of ammunition.


At noon on Wednesday the police department of this city received word from Johnson Creek that a man had sought surgical aid there and that a bullet had been removed from the fleshy part of his arm.  He was brought here in the afternoon and Officer Weis identified him as the man who shot at Lapham.  The fellow claims he was in the railroad yards at the time of the gun play between Watertown police force and the bandits, but was not one of them.  He says he was working his way to Chicago from the harvest fields of South Dakota.    WG




Following the action of the police and fire commission in passing a resolution prohibiting the Chief of Police to leave the city without consent of either the president or secretary of the commission, Chief of Police Herman C. Block tendered his resignation.  This action was taken by Mr. Block as he could not see his way clear to the proper exercise of his duties if restrictions were to be enforced similar to the one adopted by the police and fire commission.  Chief Block was a member of the Watertown police department 23 years and was at the head of the department for 21 years.   WDT


1916 Rules and Regulations

Board of Police and Fire Commissioners

Regarding Watertown Police and Fire Departments

City of Watertown

Selected portions of Rules and Regulations: Adopted July 3, 1916.


Sec. 959-45. 1. The Chief of Police and the Chief of the Fire Department shall hold their respective offices during good behavior, subject, however, to suspension or removal as herein provided, at any time for cause. In suspending a chief officer the board may act on its own initiative or upon written charges made by any qualified elector of said city and filed with the president of the board. Pending the investigation of any such charges, the board may, in its discretion, suspend any such chief officer . . .


Sec. 959-45. 2. Every other officer or member of either department shall be subject to suspension, for cause, by the chief of the department or by said board. If suspension is made by the chief officer he shall immediately report the same with the cause of such suspension to the president of the board, and the board shall thereupon proceed to examine the charges against such suspended person, giving him an opportunity to be heard in his defense. After hearing the evidence the board shall determine whether said charges are sustained . . .   Riedl, Ken, Watertown Fire Department: 1858-2007, 2007, pg 194


Police and fire commissions date back to a time, more than a century ago, when the Wisconsin Legislature enacted a measure establishing such commissions as municipal bodies.  Recognizing the critical role of police officers and firefighters in assuring the public's safety, the Legislature believed that by creating an independent body, one that no political party could come to dominate, the selection and removal of police officers and fire fighters would be insulated from the vagaries of partisan politics.


When Commissions Must Be Created:  Under Wisconsin law, cities with a population of 4,000 or more must create police and fire commissions. Cities with a population of under 4,000 may, by ordinance, create a police and fire commission, but are not required to do so. (Section 62.13(2), Wisconsin Statutes.) Villages are treated differently under state law and in a manner that is sometimes confusing.   Riedl, Ken, Watertown Fire Department: 1858-2007, 2007, pg 428



CHARLES PIERITZ:  Chief from Dec. 1, 1916 to his retirement in Dec. 31, 1930. 

                  File on Pieritz



William Grossert joins dept, substitute officer 



William Grossert given rank of patrolman 



THE 1927 DEPARTMENT consisted of H. A. Weis, A. J. Doerr, Arthur Glaser, William Grossert, H. Rutz, and W. Zimmermann.  Seated: Chief of Police C. H. Pieritz, and Assistant Chief M. H. Bolger.


Uncertain date






Watertown’s new police patrol, purchased through the C. H. Tidd Co., arrived in the city was placed on exhibition at the City Hall.  The council consigned the patrol to quarters that are being prepared for it in the basement by the committee on public buildings.


Opposition to placing the patrol in the basement, at the extreme northwest end of the building, has arisen and protests were launched in the council by some aldermen who said that a more convenient place should be secured.  It was decided, however, to continue the plans as undertaken by the committee on public buildings and give the basement quarters a trial.  Remodeling of the place, the city engineer said, is not costly, and he said he felt the plan will work out alright.


Captain Bolger, in charge of the night police force, said that it was up to the council to decide where the patrol is to be housed, but he said that in his estimation, and in the estimation of some other officials, the basement quarters are in an out of the way place.


“The police patrol should be just as handy and ready for service as are the fire trucks,” he said.  “When people call the police, especially at night they want quick service and at time there will be delay in getting the patrol from its quarters, especially if the alleyways about the building are covered with snow or coated with ice.  At times, I venture to say, it will be wholly impossible to get out with the machine.  We have had experience along this line and even with the Ford car we used so long it was impossible at times to mount the hill.  It must be remembered that there is no chance of getting a start from the bottom end of the city hall, because the incline starts at once.”


Must Be Quartered


It was pointed out that the new machine is one that will not be allowed to stand out in any kind of weather, ready for use when needed as was the old car, but that it must be quartered between calls for its use.


The police get far more calls at night than people are aware of and the patrol goes out time after time and even the slightest delay at times will result in protest from the public requiring the services of officers.


The city engineer said that he was operating under the orders of the committee on public buildings and had no voice in the matter, but that he felt the plans of the committee would work out satisfactorily.


Following the suggestion of Alderman Stacy, the new patrol will be kept ready at all times and is to be oiled, cleaned and maintained in serviceable condition by a member of the fire department whose duty it will be to see that the car is fit for use whenever  required by the police.  Present plans are to turn this work over to Emil Luther, janitor of the city and a member of the fire department.  The service will be paid for in addition to the regular salary received by him.


A test was to be made this afternoon of the patrol in an effort to find out how the proposed new quarters will serve the convenience of drivers.  It was to be conducted by members of the department under the direction of Joseph M. Solon of the C. H. Tidd Co. who negotiated the deal for the purchase of the vehicle with the city.   WDT




Charles Pieritz, Chief of Police for 35 years, was suspended for 30 days without pay by the police and fire commission for non-performance of duties.  His suspension will begin Aug 10.  Capt. Michael Bolger named acting chief.   Milw Jour


               Retirement of Chief Pieritz.  (obit mistakenly gave 1932 as year of retirement)



ALBERT N. QUEST:  Pieritz was succeeded by Quest on Jan. 1, 1931.  Mr. Quest was a retired Milwaukee police officer and his tenure here resulted in a complete overhauling of the Police Department, bringing it up to a new high standard and organization.  He was stricken with a heart attack and died on June 11, 1944.





    Harley motorcycle operated by Officer Raymond Brier.  Attempted to capture Rock River Sea Monster.



06 06       POLICE COURT ESTABLISHED / Office of Police Justice

This city is no longer a municipality with a police force to arrest violators of ordinances but no place to try the cases of the offenders.  The peculiar status of a city without a police justice and advisability of immediate action was stressed at the council meeting by City Atty. Harold Hartwig, with the result that the office of police justice was created.  Previously all cases were tried by justices of the peace but a recent opinion by the attorney general relative to the legality of such practice in third class cities left Watertown without a court in which to try violators of ordinances.   Milw Jour


Department Report for 1934:  Chief Quest and eight officers.  The daytime detail consists of Sergeant Zimmerman, in charge, and Officer Weiss.  The night detail is in charge of Capt. Grossest, night chief, and Sergeant Doerr, in charge of the night street patrol.  The night patrol consists of the following four officers, Glaser, Novotny, Viogt, and Brier.  A patrol car has been furnished the department to facilitate its work.



  Ports in windshield and shields mounted on bumper




   Arthur Zimmermann, William Voss [murderer], Harry O'Brien, Harold Dakin



DEPT PATROL CARS.  Car on right believed to be a 1938 or 39 Plymouth

   Memorial Park, today municipal bldg.  Hartig Brewery in background.




Watertown business men are still-neglecting the matter of locking the doors of their stores at night: . . .  Nearly every night members of the police department in making their rounds in the business section come across doors that are unlocked after the last person in the business places have gone home. . . .  In some cases the keys are left in the door, some business men being either that careless or so forgetful.   WDT



Joined department in 1916; one of the first motorcycle policemen.




01 03                      



Watertown has the oldest police auxiliary group in the state.  The Watertown Police Reserve, originally known as the Watertown Auxiliary Police group, has been ongoing consecutively from 1942.  The Milwaukee Police Auxiliary is the next oldest organization, having been formed after World War II.  The American Legion was founded in 1919 and since there was no group to give the veterans of World War I military honors, a firing squad was started to provide the duty.  The squad was composed of members that could easily get away from work for funerals.   WDT


The Watertown Auxiliary Police force, not to be confused with the Watertown Special Police, was formed in 1942 as a Civil Defense Corps during World War II under the direction of a County Defense Chairman.  The primary function of the organization at that time was to assist residents in the event of an attack by a foreign country.  Upon conclusion of World War II, then Police Chief Theodore Voigt asked the group to become an Auxiliary Police squadron.  The group became the Watertown Auxiliary Police and have been assisting sworn officers at special events and major incidents demanding prolonged law enforcement services ever since.   Riedl, Ken, Watertown Fire Department: 1858-2007, 2007, pg 87




First Watertown policeman to ride a motorcycle

    Joined Department in June of 1914


Sergt. Herbert A. Weis, 702 Western Avenue, will retire from the Watertown police department.


He submitted his resignation to Chief of Police Albert N. Quest today.  He has been eligible for retirement for some time and will receive a police pension.


In point of service, Sergt. Weis is one of the veterans of the department here, having joined the force on June 14, 1914.  He has served under three police chiefs, the late Herman C. Block, the late Charles Pieritz and the present chief of police. He was named sergeant two years ago upon recommendation of Chief Quest.


Sergt. Weis was the first Watertown policeman to ride a motorcycle.  In fact, when he joined the department he bought his first machine, later selling it to the city under an arrangement that was worked out at that time.  (N.B.  Harley motorcycle operated by Officer Brier noted in 1930s section)


Chief Quest said today that he had accepted the Weis resignation with regret, but that it was no surprise to him, because the sergeant had talked over his plans with him several days ago and had announced his intention of retiring from the department several times in the past year or so.  Nevertheless, the chief said, when he was handed the resignation today he was reluctant to accept it.


"Sergeant Weis has been an asset to this department and has turned in good work.  His record over the years speaks for itself,” the chief said.  "I don’t think there is a man on the department who has had so many friends among the children of the city as has Herb Weis.  They are going to miss him.  He has served as an escort for school children on dangerous crossings for years and hundreds of children came to know him and like him.  He has had the respect of the men on .his department and has been a most co-operative worker.  We are losing a mighty good man and we hate to see him go.  I know every man on the department joins me in this expression and that they also join me in wishing him years of good health and happiness.”



07 17       JOHN BENTHEIMER joins force

    Died 05 22 1953.  



01 01       WILLIAM GROSSERT, retirement of

  Captain William Grossert Retired from Force


01 04          THEODORE VOIGT, succeeded Grossert


Promoted sergeant to captain, succeeding William Grossert, retired.  Former U.S. Marine in charge of the night force.


06 12       ALBERT QUEST, 1885-1944

Funeral services for Albert Quest, Chief of Police, who died on Sunday at St. Mary’s hospital, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Henry’s church.  A former detective with the Milwaukee police force, Quest accepted the post of Watertown chief in 1932 and reorganized the local force.  He was born in Jefferson.   Milw Jour


1944           HILBERT ISFELDT, appointed patrolman


Hilbert C. Eisfeldt, Watertown’s newest police officer.  He was appointed to the position of patrolman by the board of police and fire commissioners at a recent meeting to fill one of the vacancies in the department.  Two vacancies still exist, one due to the retirement of Captain William Grossert last Jan. 1 and the other due to the death of Chief of Police Albert N. Quest, whose office has been assigned to Theodore C. Voigt, former police captain.  A third vacancy on the department is of a temporary nature, due to the leave of absence granted Clarence Daily who is now serving in the United States navy.  Eisfeldt was the last man on the eligible list for appointment.  Officials say it is virtually impossible to establish a new eligible list at this time, due to war-time conditions and selective service which makes men of minimum police age eligible for induction.





Chief Theodore C. Voigt took over his duties on July 1, 1944.  The chief rose from the ranks of the Police Department.  A former member of the U. S. Marine Corps, Voigt, joined the department in 1932, serving as patrolman until 1939.  On March 25, 1939 he was named sergeant and served in that capacity until Jan. 3, 1944, when he became captain, succeeding Capt. William Grossert when the latter retired from the department.


On Sept. 20, 1950 Voigt was named a special agent of the FBI and was granted a leave of absence by the city council to accept the position.  He served until July of 1953 when his service with the FBI terminated and he returned to his duties as chief.


During his absence Herbert Vehlow served as acting Chief of Police.  Since Voigt's return, Vehlow has held the rank of police inspector.


Under Chief Quest and Chief Voigt the department has made its greatest strides toward modern police methods.  Its men have attended special schools for police training, some of them conducted by the FBI.  It has modernized its equipment, a police radio system has been installed and modern fingerprinting, photography and modern filing systems have been introduced.  The old police patrol was abandoned with the advent of the modern automobile and now the department uses squad cars and motorcycles in its work.  Through radio the department is in constant touch with sheriff's departments and police authorities in other cities.



10 31                Herbert W. Tessman [l] and Wilbur F. Wollin [r], began their duties November 1.  Both were veterans of World War II and were appointed to their new positions following examinations.  Tessman was a platoon sergeant in the U. S. Marines and saw duty in the Pacific; Wollin was a lieutenant in the Army and served in Europe.  The two men replaced George Helmke who resigned and Arthur Glaser who had recently retired from the department.



   Exterior view of old City Hall.  When one walked in the main entrance of City Hall the police department was straight ahead.  A door to the Fire Department was off the right.  The jail was on the first floor, behind the police dept.  Originally consisted of 3 cells, but later on was used for storage.  Stairway to left upon entering led to offices of mayor, city clerk and city treasurer located on second floor.  City nurse and Army and Navy recruiter were on third floor. . . .



01 09             Gordon Gerth, 23, son of Alderman and Mrs. Herman Gerth [*], took over his duties as patrolman with the local police department.  Officer Gerth was a graduate of the Watertown High School, where he played football, and attended Ripon College for two years.   WDT     Chapter on Gordon Gerth  

     [*] Herman Gerth:  1956, Last Man’s Club, Company E;  1958, G B Lewis 25 year club; member of Auxiliary Police in 1960


01 10          Herbert Weis, 1887-1946

Said to be first Watertown policeman to ride a motorcycle; it was his own.  (Harley motorcycle operated by Officer Brier noted in 1930s section)


   Believed to be Herbert Weiss.  Year unknown.


      Leonard Braunschweig on motorcycle





Palmer Freres, Raymond Berg, Edward Hoppe, Melvin Wendt


07 01          CLARENCE TESSMANN

Clarence Tessmann joined the department on July 1, 1947.



11 07          ARTHUR GLASER, 1888-1949


Birth:  Mar. 4, 1888, Death:  Nov. 6, 1949, Note:  Pfc 325 Guard & Fir Co QWC WW I


Known for uncanny ability to remember license plate numbers that had been relayed in reports seeking the recovery of stolen cars.  Policeman for 22 years, retiring in 1945.  Worked in the plant of the Brandt-Dent Co. before joining the department.  WDT obit includes picture at time of retirement.  Burial in  Oak Hill Cemetery, Plot: Sec 11  






Dr. Rudolph Hoermann (Renata nee Mueller) had one son, Harold Mueller, who was killed in an automobile accident (c.1920) at the age of ten years.  Following this the city put policemen on all corners near the schools for the lad was returning home from school when struck by the machine causing his death.




   L-R:  Alfred ( Mickey ) Krahn, Marlyn ( Pecky ) Mann or Norman Behlke, unknown civilian




   Belonged to Sergeant Palmer J "Fuzzy" Freres 



04 16       FLOYD MILLER joined Department (retired in 1983).


05 09       EDWARD WILDES joined Department


Plans to add another man to the Watertown police department, bringing the total force to 15 men, including the chief, are being discussed here.  At the same time, it was announced today that Edward T. Wildes has been named to the department to fill a vacancy caused by the recent resignation of Patrolman Robert Harthun who is leaving to accept a position with an insurance company.


Wildes has been a member of the Jefferson county traffic police for a number of years.


Wildes was confirmed for the position by, the board of police and fire commissioners on May 1, but announcement was withheld until today to iron out some technicalities in the commission’s rules, according to Theodore Koerner, secretary of the board.  Wildes will begin his duties on the night force May 15, bringing the force to 14 men.


Watertown now has 13 policemen. including chief of police Herbert Vehlow who is serving in that capacity during the absence, on leave of Chief Theodore C. Voigt.  The other 12 members are Captain Patrick Kunitz, Sgt. Hilbert Eisfeldt, Sgt. Alfred Krahn, and Leonard Braunschweig, John Bentheimer, Gordon G. Gerth, Melvin Wendt, Clarence Tessmann, Edward Dusowsky, Marlyn K. Mann, John Crandall and Floyd Miller.  After May 15 it will have 14 men.


Plans to add another man to the department are to be laid before the city council with a request that the extra man be provided for in the coming budget.  The city is held to be under-policed at this time.





Leonard Braunschweig, Melvin Wendt, Alfred (Mickey) Krahn, Clarence Tessmann, Norman Behlke, __?__, Palmer J "Fuzzy" Freres, Gordon Gerth, Hilbert Eisfeldt, Marlyn Mann, Chief Theodore Voigt, Herbert Vehlow, Patrick Kunitz, Edward Dusowsky.



ERNEST KUBLY, Officer from 1952-1955.  Died 03 13 2015.



05 22       OFFICER JOHN BENTHEIMER DIES SUDDENLY.  Officer from 1943-1953. 

   Second of Two Heart Attacks Proves Fatal


John F. Bentheimer, 45, of 305 South Seventh Street, a member of the Watertown Police Department for the past ten years, died late yesterday afternoon in St. Mary’s Hospital after suffering the second of two heart attacks.


Mr. Bentheimer, who had never complained about a heart condition but who recently had not been feeling well due to a gall bladder condition, went to a physician’s office yesterday afternoon to consult about his health.  He suffered a slight heart attack in the doctor’s office and was immediately taken to the hospital in the Meyer ambulance.  At the hospital he suffered a second and more severe attack while in the elevator which was taking him to a room in an upper part of the building.  He died in the elevator.  Death occurred about 4:23 o’clock.


Only Wednesday the officer had returned from Superior where he had been the delegate from the local department to the annual convention of the Wisconsin Policemen’s Protective Association.  He was in good spirits and had talked over some of the convention proceedings with fellow officers.    Link to obit  



--            1954 REPORT

The one great lack of the department [1954] is a modern office and modern and spacious quarters.  This is one of the crying needs for better police work and greater efficiency.  The present quarters have been inadequate for many years.


In addition to Chief Voigt, the 1954 police force consisted of the following:


Inspector Herbert Vehlow, Captain Patrick Kunitz, Patrolmen Leonard G. Braunschweig, Alfred A. Krahn, Hilbert C. Eisfeldt, Gordon Gerth, and Melvin Wendt, Sgt. Clarence Tessmann and Patrolmen Marlyn K. Mann, Edward Dusowsky, John W. Crandall, Floyd H. Miller, Norman F. Behlke, Ernest V. Kubly and Robert D. Lund.


New Park Policeman.  Walter Kressin took over his duties as park policeman and will also serve as a special police officer whenever demands arise.  He succeeded the late Glen W. O'Brien.


Aside from the chiefs of police and others mentioned, the department has been fortunate in the rank and file membership over the years.  The late Michael Bolger, for many years police captain, was among the outstanding police officers.  Others included the late Lucius Bruegger, Arthur Zimmermann, Herbert Weis, Arthur Glaser, and John Bentheimer.


Among the men living in 1954 and who served the department ably and well for many years were Arthur Doerr, Capt. William Grossert and Capt. John Novotny and Ray Brier.



Walter H. Kressin, 1012 Labaree Street, last night was approved by the Board of Police and Fire Commission to be the city’s new park policeman.  He succeeds the late Glenn O’Brien.  He was recommended for the position by Chief of Police Theodore C. Voigt from a list of men who were under consideration.  Mr. Kressin will begin his duties on May 1, the board reported this morning.  Mr. Kressin is a driver for the Wisconsin Transit Lines, Inc., operator of the Watertown bus service.  At one time he was associated with the Watertown Squab Company.



    Officer Melvin Wendt

Mustache was grown for the 1954 city centennial celebration contest.   



     Officers Alfred Krahn and Melvin Wendt




Edward Dusowsky, Patrick Kunitz, Norman Behlke, __?__, Gordon Gerth






HERBERT F. VEHLOW, Chief of Police




EARL EBERT, 1955-1969

Died at age 47 (b.1921, d. 04 28 1969), resided at 1302 Hutson Dr.  Served on the force 14 years



   Gay Theder, Asst Fire Chief, Herb Vehlow, Police Chief, Dean Van Ness, City Manager, Al Linde, Fire Chief.



RULES AND REGULATIONS Governing the Watertown Fire Department

SECTION 25. To Assist Police.  It shall be the duty of every member of the Dept. to assist the Police Officers in making arrests or quelling disturbances when called upon to do so when away from Company Quarters.  Whenever word is sent to Quarters asking for assistance to the Police, the commanding officer in Quarters shall detail as many men as may be necessary for the occasion, provided that not less than the minimum number of men required by Dept. rules shall remain in Quarters for duty in case of fire.   Riedl, Ken, Watertown Fire Department: 1858-2007, 2007, pg 314


01 15          LOUIS A. KOHLS appointed to the department.


02 29          KENNETH CEITHAMER

Watertown’s newest police officer, Kenneth Ceithamer, will begin his duties on March 1, going on the night shift, it was announced today by Police Chief Herbert F. Vehlow.  The addition of this the 17th man to the force, will make possible a shift in the police lineup.  Under it, Sgt. Clarence Tessmann will be assigned to the day shift starting March 1.  He is taking a voluntary demotion to patrolman to get the daytime assignment.  Officer Earl Ebert will be assigned to a late night shift as a result of the change.   WDT


Summer        Auto Safety Checks

Otto Lierman, mechanic, Officer Melvin Wendt, Mrs. John Miller, driver



02 07       Chief of Police gets Private Office

With the remodeling of the old cell block in the City Hall jail about to begin, Chief of Police Herbert F. Vehlow will for the first time have his own private office in the Police Department quarters.  Work on the remodeling will be done by William F. Bloedorn who was awarded the contract on a bid by the City Council.  It calls for a $1,200 expenditure.  The plans call for a partition to be constructed, topped by a false ceiling with a deep cabinet at the west end of the cell block portion.  A new doorway will be cut into the present west wall of the police quarters main office, leading into the new office of the chief.


12 17       Richard Reynolds, patrolman; Gordon Gerth, sergeant  

Richard Reynolds, 24, of 461 South Concord Avenue, last night was named to the position of patrolman on the Watertown Police Department effective Jan. 1, 1958.  He will fill the newly created position of an extra patrolman recently authorized by the City Council.  The appointment was made by the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners.  Reynolds has been working part-time on the department.  The board also approved the promotion of Officer Gordon Gerth to the rank of sergeant in the Police Department.   WDT


In January 1958, Richard Reynolds, age 24, was hired as a patrolman of the Watertown Police Department.  Herbert Vehlow was then chief of police, having joined the department in 1940, and served as chief from 1955 to 1966.  According to the 1958 newspaper item, Vehlow added a comment when he announced the addition of a patrolman to the police force.  "That one will make a good officer," Vehlow said.   WDT article 03 20 1982



Bill Connor joined the Watertown Auxiliary Police force in 1957, serving 52 years, the last 30 as captain.  Then Chief Charles McGee presented Bill with the Watertown Police Department Exemplary Service Award for 50 years of selfless and dedicated service to the citizens of Watertown and the Watertown Police Department, and on retirement received a plaque at Riverfest from Chief Tim Roets on Aug. 9, 2009.





   Department personnel, c1958





   Louis Kohls, July 1959



03 09       JAN RICKERMAN

Jan D. Rickerman, of 508 Carl Schurz Drive, will begin his duties as a patrolman on the Watertown Police Department next week, April 16, following his recent appointment by the board of police and fire commissioners.  Mr. Rickerman has been an insurance representative here for the Northwestern National Life Insurance Co.  He is a native of the Farmington area but has lived here most of his life.  He is married and the father of two sons.


06 17       WATERTOWN CIVIC CENTER, Police Dept station would be part of plan 

A plan which, if carried out, will take care of a new fire station, new police station, the post office building, and also provide different quarters for the recreation department will be presented to the city council at its meeting tonight.  It will be offered by the City Plan Commission, which has been delegated by the council to come up with some possible sites for a new post office building.  The commission's suggestions were informally presented to the city council yesterday afternoon when the council held its committee session.  No details of the plan were revealed at the city hall today, but it is understood that the plan encompasses a Watertown Civic Center which would include most of the square block bordered by Madison and Jones Streets, and North First and North Second Streets.   WDT


09 14       RADAR

Radar is the newest device which the Watertown Police Department has acquired to nab unwary motorists who exceed the speed limit. The equipment replaces the electric timer which the department had used for the last couple of years. In using the timer equipment, two lines were placed across the road. In the radar equipment, a two-pronged device is attached to the side of the squad car7The device shoots a beam for at least three blocks. As soon as a car comes in range of the beam, the speed of the vehicle is noted on a speedometer, a black box on top of the hood of the car. Other equipment is placed in the rear seat of the squad car. The equipment, which cost nearly $1,100, was placed in operation about 10 days ago.   WDT






City Assessor Note:  1960-61, Turner Hall offered to city for police & fire station, $75,000




     On patrol.  609 N. Water St.



   Officer Melvin Wendt, mechanic Carl Raue, Watertown citizen

Watertown Police and mechanics from different garages perform auto safety checks on Main in front of Recreation building.




On block then housing the recreation building had two strikes against it.   WDT



The city council which is currently involved in a long standing hassle over plans to provide new police department and jail facilities got another warning - a stern one and one that may well be final - from the state last night relative to the present and long-standing sub-standard condition of police department and jail quarters housed in the city hall - the same space and quarters the department has been forced to occupy since the present city hall was built in 1884.  Last night's warning, by letter and signed by V.A. Verhulst, representing the division of corrections, Wisconsin State Department of Public Welfare, was the latest in a series of proddings by the state that the city do something to clear up the jail issue without further delay.   WDT



With only one more regular meeting remaining for the present city council and with the deadline for action on the proposed and long-argued and hotly debated question of a new police and fire department building running out, the issue now will go over into the new administration which is expected to have its share of headaches before it can resolve the proposition one way or another.  At last night’s meeting of the council, an attempt was made to approve a plan calling for a new financing venture but it lost 4 to 2.  Under the original plan, the structure, also known as the safety building, was to be financed with a $400,000 bond issue.  The new plan, contained in a resolution which was introduced last night, would have divided the financing — 50 per cent through a bond issue and the other 50 per cent by means of a ten year loan negotiated through Watertown banks.  The banks had agreed to this plan in the event it was adopted.   WDT



   Melvin Wendt certificate

Practical aspects of burglary investifation


05 11       State of Wisconsin through waiting for the city to bring city hall jail quarters up to standard.


06 28       Old post office bldg proposed as police headquarters.   WDT





Memorial Park Site for New City Hall 

Edward H. Dusowsky elected commander of American Legion Post







   Al Linde and Herb Vehlow, Fire and Police Chiefs, at 1963 ground-breaking.




Lt. Alfred Krahn of the Watertown Police Department told the Watertown Safety Council last night at the Legion Green Bowl how the city saves $36,000 from its budget every year.  Local School Safety Patrols, protecting crossings near all elementary schools accomplish this.  These school children, conscientiously doing their volunteer jobs every school day, in good weather or bad, have never had an accident occur while they were on duty, the officer said.   WDT




Police officials and the Watertown Safety Council are making final preparations to send the members of the Watertown School Safety Patrol to the 22nd annual Wisconsin Congress of School Safety Patrols at Wisconsin Dells, following receipt this morning of the program that is being planned for the more than 3,000 young people and chaperones who will attend from all parts of the state.  Through the efforts of the safety council and an appropriation from the common council, a fund was raised this year to send the membership of the patrol here to the gathering.  This is the first time this has been done. In previous years only those students who could pay or had their fee paid were in attendance.   WDT



Herbert F. Vehlow, chief of police of Watertown, has submitted his resignation and has asked that it take effect with his retirement on Jan. 4.  Chief Vehlow, who resides at 310 East Water Street, was absent from his desk yesterday because of illness.  His resignation was prompted by reasons of health, since he is subject to a mild heart condition.  WDT



The board of police and fire commissioners will meet next Monday evening to take up the matter of procedure in selecting the next chief of police of Watertown.  The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m.  The board, it was learned, does not intend to act hastily and it will be some time next year before a successor to Chief Herbert F. Vehlow is selected.   WDT




Watertown’s position of chief of police was vacant today following the effective date of Chief Herbert F. Vehlow’s resignation yesterday.  He announced his retirement some weeks ago upon advice of his physician.  The board of police and fire commissioners will meet on Feb. 7 to check on the list of applications filed for consideration as appointees.  Applications will be received until Feb. 1.  At present there are applications from several members of the department as well as from several other cities, including Milwaukee and Portage.   WDT



Watertown’s five-member board of police and fire commissioners will select the city’s new chief of police, now that all interviews with the ten applicants for the position have been completed.  The board consists of Leonard B. (Duke) Kramp, Seth Perry, Carl V. Kolata, Attorney Paul Hibbard and Frank H. Kreitzman.  The ten men under consideration include four from out of the city and six from Watertown, all members of the police department.   WDT



M. K. Mann, 43, member of the Watertown Police Department since Aug. 1, 1969, was named Watertown’s new chief of police by the board of police and fire commissioners.  The announcement came at 6:10 p.m.  Mr. Mann, who has held the rank of police sergeant, resides at 207 Clark Street.  He was one of six members of the department who had applied for the appointment and was selected by the five-man commission following a series of interviews with not only the six Watertown men but four from out of town who also had filed application.  Mr. Mann assumed his new duties today.  He replaces Herbert F. Vehlow who retired as chief on Jan. 24.   WDT



Capt. Patrick Kunitz, 55, one of Watertown's veteran police officers, announced shortly after 8 o'clock this morning, upon his arrival at police headquarters, that he is retiring on pension and that he would make application to that effect immediately. He has been eligible for retirement for some time. He has been a police officer here for 26 years. Capt. Kunitz joined the police force on Jan. 4, 1940, when he was recommended for appointment by the late chief of police, Albert Quest. He became police sergeant in 1945.    WDT



Attempts to have Capt. Patrick Kunitz of the Watertown Police Department reconsider his announced decision to retire on pension as soon as the pension board can act on his application have failed and the pension board will meet next week to take up his request.  Granting of the pension is automatic, since he has the required number of years to his credit and is in the age bracket to enable him to retire.  He is 55. Capt. Kunitz made public his decision to retire shortly after 8 o’clock yesterday morning upon his arrival at police headquarters.  Later in the day he sent his formal request to the proper officials, with one copy going to the office of the mayor and one to the pension board.  Capt. Kunitz told the Times in his announcement yesterday morning that he plans to remain in law enforcement work after he retires from the police force on pension.   WDT


03 04       SAFE CRACKED

   Location Elks Club, 117 N First St

Police Dept Photo dated 03 24 1966, 7:24 a.m. 


03 15       LOUIS A. KOHLS promoted to sergeant



Plans to reorganize the police department were outlined to members of the common council at their committee meeting last night by Chief M. K. Mann.  Under the new plan, the position of captain and assistant chief will be abolished and will be replaced by an officer to be known as inspector of police.  The chief also intends to create two more police lieutenants so that there will be one lieutenant on each of the work shifts along with a sergeant.  WDT



The Watertown Police Dept. has hired three officers, filling the replacement for Victor Herschi and two newly created positions.  The men filling these positions are Ronald W. Boeder, Ernest E. Lehmann, and Dale R. Wehner.  Boeder has eight years previous experience on the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Dept. as patrolman.  Wehner and Lehmann will begin work on March 19, at which time they will begin a 400-hour, 10 week recruit training program at Blackhawk Tech in Beloit.   WDT



Clarence A. Tessmann, 910 Clark Street, a member of the Watertown Police Department since July 1, 1947, has been named police lieutenant, it was announced by Chief of Police M. K. Mann.  The appointment becomes effective tomorrow.  Mr. Tessmann began his service with the department as a patrolman and served in that capacity until July 15, 1951 when he was advanced to the rank of sergeant.  On March 1, 1956, he requested a demotion to patrolman in order to assume daytime duties and that has again been his rank up to now.   WDT



MARLYN K. MANN, Chief of Police

   Profile of Marlyn Mann




Watertown Merchants Police, a service provided to business places and manufacturing plants as well as homes, owned and operated by John Novotny, Sr., of 500 South Third Street, has announced the installation of a new two-way radio system to insure greater efficiency and maximum rapid service.  Besides Mr. Novotny, a retired police captain, the service employs two full-time and two part-time officers.  Three patrol cars, equipped with two-way radios, can be readily contacted from the base station located in the Novotny residence.   WDT



Watertown’s new police officer is Keith A. Becker, 23, of 423 North Church Street, it was announced by Chief of Police M. K. Mann.  The appointment has the approval of the board of police and fire commissioners.  The new officer, who is single, resides with his mother, Mrs. Helen Becker.  He is a graduate of Watertown High School and has been an employee of the city parks department.  He begins his duties as of March 15 but before being assigned to nighttime duty will undergo two weeks of special training and briefing to prepare him for the assignment.   WDT



Two members of the Watertown Police Department today assumed new titles as a result of promotions approved by the police and fire commissioners and Chief of Police M. K. Mann.  Sgt. Louis A. Kohls has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant on the 4 p.m. to midnight shift.  He joined the department in 1956 and has been instrumental in establishing the photography division in the department.  He replaces Lt. Clarence A. Tessmann who has been transferred to a lieutenancy on the day shift.  Officer Earl R. Ebert, who joined the department in 1955, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant on the 4 p.m. to midnight shift.  He was transferred to day shift in 1966 after having worked on the night shift.



Chief of Police M. K. Mann told the common council last night that plans are underway to work out a system of coping with the problems raised by youngsters who are riding bicycles along the sidewalks in Main Street, already congested because of the Main Street reconstruction project.  The chief made his statement in reply to a question in which the “menace” of the bicycle riders was raised.  Mann said that as soon as a policy has been worked out it will be made public.”  We can’t arrest these youngsters, of course,” the chief said, “but we are working on a system whereby violators will be warned and their parents notified.  Riding privileges may even be taken away if repeated violations persist.”



04 01       LAVERN E. SCHUMANN

Patrolman Schumann, 22, began duties as a patrolman, replacing Officer William E. Lueck who submitted his resignation effective March 31.  He joined the department on Jan. 1.  He was a graduate of Watertown High School, a veteran of Vietnam, having served with the U. S. Army as infantry team leader and grenadier.  [Wedding of]



  Gerth     Braunschweig

Patrolman Leonard Braunschweig, a member of the department since Jan 2, 1942, appointed sergeant, replacing Gordon Gerth on the day shift.  Gerth appointed lieutenant, replacing the late Lt. Herbert C. Eisfeldt




01 17             Officer Floyd Miller and Police Chief Mann

Two enclosed Cushman three wheeled motor scooters were placed in service, to be used in checking parking meters and non-metered parking areas.




   Barbara [Donald] Lee Wiese:  Employed 04/01/1968 to 03/08/74.  Graduate of Oostberg High School and attended the U of WI-Oshkosh.  As meter maid she patrolled the city's parking meters for improper and overtime parking.  Also assumed duties of police matron for women prisoners.


1960s, late

   Department baseball team, late 1960s





04 25       WHS_005_WPD_076sm.jpg  1968 Safety Instruction.  Officer believed to be Floyd Miller




04 28       EARL EBERT

Earl R. Ebert, 47, 1302 Hutson Dr., a member of the Watertown Police Department, passed away this morning at the Watertown Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.  Born Sept. 22, 1921, in Watertown, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ebert.  Burial in Glenview Memorial Gardens, Ixonia.




The 28-year veteran was the guest of honor at his retirement party.



ALFRED “MICKEY” KRAHN RETIREMENT.  Citizenship award established


Alfred "Mickey" Krahn mentioned recently that police work was difficult before the days of walkie talkies and communication with headquarters.  Officers were more or less on their own.  He recalled a store robbery, he and his partner had been given a good description of the "stranger in town," and they started from the store to look for him.  They surmised the culprit might try to get out of town on a train scheduled to leave within a few minutes.  The officers went to the depot, convinced the engineer to hold the train while they made a quick search.  Krahn started at one end, his partner at the other.  They came upon the guilty one sitting in a double seat, happily counting his money which was spread out in little piles in the seat opposite.    WDT article 03 20 1982



Lieutenant Clarence Tessmann promoted to the rank of inspector.  Tessmann joined the department on July 1, 1947, and held the rank of lieutenant since May 15, 1966.  Sergeant Richard Reynolds promoted to the rank of lieutenant.  Will head the juvenile division to the vacancy created by retirement of officer Krahn.  Officer Borth, age 25, appointed to begin duties.



03 09       DEATH OF CHIEF MARLYN MANN.   Inspector Clarence Tessmann appointed temp chief.



GERALD P. DONOVAN, Chief of Police



BOB WEBSTER, Communications Room, New City Hall




               Interior views of department facilities




Patrolman Dale Krebs, a member of the department for 2 1/2 years, resigned to accept a position with Klutterman Office Equipment.  Joined the force on July 14, 1969.









Donovan, Gerald P.




Reynolds, Richard L.




Gerth, Gordon




Wendt, Melvin F.




Dusowsky, Edward




Kohls, Louis A.




Crandall, John W.




Miller, Floyd H.




Webster, Robert W.




Saniter, Bruce A.




Shaiken, Lyle A.




Lehmann, Henry H.




Miller, Benjamin C.




Becker, Keith A.




Kube, Robert




Schumann, Lavern E.




Sukow, Larry J.




Gerstner, Eugene A.




Triana, Terry L.




Schultz Larry H.




Fredrich, James H.




Henning, Dale T.




Boeder, Ronald W.




Wehner, Dale R




Lehmann, Ernest E.




Quamme, Orval




Schwartz, Arthur B.




Wellner, Richard




Hodan, Marjorie J.

Meter Maid



Schmidt, Diane C.




Broeder, Roger






05 13          LOUIS A. KOHLS (1916-1975), DOD May 12th


Funeral services for Louis A. Kohls, 59, 821 Richards Avenue, lieutenant of the Watertown Police force, were held at the Pederson Funeral Home with Rev. John Hicks of the Watertown Moravian Church officiating.  Interment was in the Watertown Moravian Cemetery.  Kohls was dead on arrival at the Watertown Memorial Hospital following an apparent heart attack.  He was born in Watertown March 22, 1916, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kohls.


He had been a member of the Watertown Police Force for 19 years, and at the time of his death held the position of lieutenant.  Appointed to the department on Jan. 15, 1956, promoted to sergeant on March 15, 1966, and on July 15, 1967, was promoted to rank of lieutenant.


On Oct. 6, 1940, he married the former Arline Ray at St. Olaf’s Lutheran Church in Toland.  Kohls served with the U.S. Army and the National Guard.  He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, American Federation of Police, Wisconsin Professional Policeman’s Association and the National Police Officers Association.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Moose Lodge, Knights of Pythias and the Watertown Moravian Church.


Lt. Kohls was involved in photography for the police department and also for the Watertown Daily Times.  Photography was his hobby and he enjoyed doing free-lance work.    WDT



   Officer Bob Webster, S Second and Market streets




   Officers Henry Lehman, Larry Sukow and Keith Becker.







01 26              Caroline Fischer and Barbara Locke




06 26            

Lieutenant John Crandall was honored on his retirement after 28 years on the department.  A retirement dinner and party was held in his honor at the Watertown Elks Club.


Among those present were Captain Patrick Kunitz, a 28 year veteran; Lieutenant Melvin Wendt, 31 years; Lieutenant Crandall, Inspector and Acting Chief Clarence Tessmann, 25 years; Sergeant Leonard Braunschweig, 28 years; and Inspector Alfred Krahn, 28 years.  Kunitz retired in 1966, Braunschweig in 1969, Krahn in 1970, Tessmann in 1972, and Wendt in 1977.



RICHARD L. REYNOLDS, Chief of Police



09 28       Police Chief Richard L. Reynolds announced that Officer Dale Henning has successfully completed the Artist I and II Training courses at the Waukesha County Technical Institute.  The two week training course covered training and instruction in drawing suspects from descriptions provided by victims and witnesses.  With the completion of this training by Officer Henning, there is now an artist available within the department to provide these services.



Reynolds was appointed chief of police in 1980.  He reports the department now [1982] has 30 sworn officers with police authority and six civilian employees.  This year the department is getting its own computer, into which will be filed the modus operandi of all break-ins and burglaries.  This information will be instantly available in investigative work.   WDT article 03 20 1982




Sgt. Floyd H. Miller, a member of the Watertown Police Department for 32 years, will retire July 29.  Miller, 61, 1301 Center Street, joined the department as a patrolman on April 16, 1951.  Miller worked the afternoon shift for a short time when he first joined the department, then worked the night shift for 19 years.  He moved to the day shift 13 years ago, and was promoted to sergeant on March 1, 1972.  Miller, a lifelong resident of Watertown, said he plans to take it easy for a while, although he added he might tend bar.  He said he tended bar at Charlie Howard’s tavern on North Fourth Street before joining the police department.



08 08       TIMOTHY ROETS, Jaycee Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer

Watertown Police Officer Timothy Roets was named the Watertown Jaycee Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer during River Days festivities Friday evening.  Jaycee president Ray Wolfram made the presentation to Roets commending him on his enthusiasm and dedication to police work.  The last law enforcement award made by the Jaycees was in 1968.  Roets joined the police force Aug. 10, 1982, as a patrol officer and is now in the juvenile division.  He is especially active in the department's educational programs.  In puppet show format students in grades kindergarten through sixth see programs on the hazards of drug abuse, vandalism and shoplifting.  The programs are credited with keeping open lines of communication between the police department and schools.



Police Lieutenant Lavern E. Schumann was one of 250 police officers from around the world to graduate last week from the 138th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.  The degree represents 11 weeks of executive-level training including coursework in police management, ethics, law, urban police problems and behavioral sciences.  Schumann joined the Watertown Police Department in 1968 and in 1979 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant.  Later in the same year he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.  WDT



04 29       MICHAEL BESEL

Offered position of Chief of Police, city of Jefferson   WDT



The Watertown Police and Fire Commission has received letters from 18 applicants for the position of city fire department chief, the chairman of the panel said today.  The deadline for submitting applications was Saturday and Robert P. White said others could be accepted later today if postmarked Sept. 14.  The city is searching for a new chief to replace Donald Asmus who is retiring effective Dec. 30.  Asmus has been the fire chief for Watertown since Dec. 1, 1970.  Of the 18 candidates, two are from Watertown and three are from out of state,” White said.  It is unclear how many applicants the police and fire commission will interview, he said, but it will not be the entire 18.  WDT



Officer Robert W. Webster received a ring for his 25 years of continuous service; Police Chief Richard L. Reynolds; Police Dept. Christmas party

Officer Larry Schultz, left, received a lapel pin for his 15 years of service. 





The first female police officer began her duties on Jan. 6, 1986.  Miss Marcie Jo Repta is a native of Milwaukee.  Repta filled a vacancy created by the resignation of Mark Neuman. He resigned on Nov. 22 to accept a similar position in his hometown of Beaver Dam.   WDT


07 30          MARK MEDDAUGH

A West Allis resident, Mark Meddaugh, has been appointed to the position of patrolman.  Meddaugh will attend recruit training for state certification at Waukesha County Technical School and upon completion will be assigned to the midnight to 8 a.m. shift.  Appointment is effective today.  The new officer replaces officer Mark Murphy, who resigned effective July 12 to accept a position with the Madison Police Department.  Murphy, who also worked the midnight shift, had been with the department since September 1979.   WDT



01 10       The Watertown Police Department cleared a higher percentage of reported crime in 1986, but several high-priced thefts remain unsolved.  Of the 555 crime reports filed in Watertown last year, 266 were cleared for a success rate of 47.9 percent.  In 1986, Watertown police investigators cleared 43.8 percent of the reported cases.  The type of cases included in the 1986 report are theft, burglary, assault, stolen vehicle, robbery, sex offense and murder.  Chief of Police Richard Reynolds Friday was quick to give credit for the increased success to cooperation from the public and a better trained police staff.


08 04          Police Auxiliary  15 members


12 12       Resa Scobie Brunner murder; Matthew Knapp charged   WDT full text article




Watertown’s per capita spending for city police service is substantially below the state average, according to a survey prepared by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.  According to the report, Watertown spent $74.55 on police-related expenditures in 1988 for each of its 18,850 residents.  The state average for all state cities and villages with a population of more than 3,000 was $120 per person.  Compared with similar-sized communities, Watertown’s spending also is below the average of $99 per person for cities and villages with populations of 10,000 to 30,000.  Watertown Police Chief Richard Reynolds said the report seemed to indicate that other communities place a higher priority on police protection.  WDT




Orval Quamme, a lieutenant and shift commander with the Watertown Police Department, announced his plans to run for Jefferson County sheriff.  Quamme is the first declared candidate for the position since Sheriff Keith Mueller announced that he planned to retire at the end of his term in January, ending a career of nearly 37 years in the sheriff’s department.  Quamme, a 23-year veteran of local law enforcement, believes his education and experience would be an asset to the sheriff’s department.   WDT



Orval Quamme, a lieutenant in the Watertown Police Department, has been named sailor of the year for 1989 for the Naval Operations Intelligence Center in Glenview, Ill.  Quamme, 400 Dewey Ave., is a petty officer, first class, for the U.S. Naval Reserve.  He works as an analyst for naval intelligence.  Quamme, who is a candidate for Jefferson County sheriff, said he was pleased by his selection for the award.  “It’s an honor because it’s a selection made of only one individual of a unit a year,” he said.  “It indicates high recognition by peers as well as superiors.   WDT



Andrew R. Gee has been appointed to the Watertown Police Department, according to Chief Richard L. Reynolds.  Gee will replace Officer Henry Lehmann, who is retiring after 24 years with the department.  His retirement is effective June 30.  Lehmann, who joined the force on May 1, 1966, was the department’s photographer.  He was assigned to the day shift.  Gee, who will work from 4 p.m. to midnight, possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and has state certification.   WDT



   Henry Lehman retirement



   Bob Webster retirement




Sgt. Timothy Roets has been promoted to lieutenant on the Watertown Police Department by Police Chief Richard Reynolds.  Roets will be filling a vacancy created by the departure of Lt. Orval Quamme, who took the oath of office as Jefferson County sheriff this morning.  Roets will be assigned to the midnight to 8 a.m. shift to replace Lt. Thomas Killmon, who will be transferred to the 4 p.m. to midnight shift.  Roets joined the department on Aug. 10, 1982, as a patrolman.  He was promoted to sergeant detective on Jan. 16, 1985.   WDT




The Fire Department worked with Police Chief Richard Reynolds on the recommendation to make the 911 dispatch center the single contact point for all incoming and outgoing emergency information.  Riedl, Ken, Watertown Fire Department: 1858-2007, 2007, pg 364



Three additional dispatchers will be hired this year to staff the city’s 911 emergency telephone, according to a recommendation from the Watertown Finance Committee.  The committee agreed to the additional dispatchers because two people are needed to operate the 911 center at a time.  With only four dispatchers currently on staff, the police department has been forced to take uniformed officers off the street to man the center.  “We are not able to have the full complement of uniformed officers patrolling the street and it’s been difficult to maintain response time on the 911 calls,” said Mayor Frederick Smith.  “It is totally undermining the public safety effort in the city.”   WDT




      Concluded 35-years of law enforcement



CHARLES S. MCGEE, Chief of Police

  Watertown’s 9th Chief of Police     





08 28       Police Liaison at Watertown High School

A workshop about a police liaison at Watertown High School will be held by the board of education and the police department Thursday evening.  Sgt. Mark Meddaugh of the Watertown Police Department will conduct the discussion during a 6:30 p.m. board meeting at the Educational Service Center, 111 Dodge St.  The board of education earlier this summer had requested information about the possibility of having a police officer work as a liaison at the school.  Police Chief Charles McGee has indicated an interest in developing ways to work with the school district in juvenile issues.  Several area districts have a police liaison program, where an officer works closely with the high school but is not stationed in the building.   WDT













Sherry Meyer was with the department from April 3, 1978 until 1994 as the full-time dispatcher.  She briefly went part-time when the new 9-1-1 system went into place as it was no longer a position that she was interested in.  She was hired back full-time in 1994 as the parking monitor.  It was some time after she was re-hired that the photo was taken of her with the Cushman scooter which she used for a short period of time to do parking enforcement, before a little Ford pickup truck was purchased for her to use.



04 05       Watertown Police Friday evening conducted a second undercover operation to determine if local tavern owners are checking ID cards of people suspected of being underage.  And, this time, the results showed a better compliance level than the earlier one, according to Chief of Police Charles McGee.  Nine taverns and businesses were visited by four underage volunteers.  The volunteers were able to purchase alcohol at only one of the establishments, the chief said.  “I was very pleasantly surprised at the outcome,” McGee said.  “Obviously, our efforts to work cooperatively with the liquor outlets are paying off.  All we ask is that IDs be checked and that was done at every location but one.”  


05 07       The Watertown Common Council Tuesday will consider a committee’s recommendation for the construction of a new facility for the police department.  The council will meet at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the Watertown Municipal Building.  Council members have already taken one vote on the issue.  Aldermen met as a committee of the whole last week and voted, 7-2, to bring the resolution to Tuesday’s council meeting for a potential vote.  Council members Kenneth Berg and Lewis Miller cast the two dissenting votes at that meeting.  The recommendation to design and construct a new police facility on a new site was recommended by the ad hoc police facility committee, which was formed by the council in June 1996.  


10 17          Safe and Sober traffic safety campaign, grant received   WDT


   Police Auxiliary, 1997


   Plaque presented to Capt. Bill Connor

Appreciation for 40 years of dedicated service, Watertown Auxiliary Police, 1957-97



12 10             Police train with new Colt AR-15 automatic weapons 


12 19          A new Watertown Police Dept would be constructed near the high school, plan proposed   WDT



02 03       Inspector Larry Sukow, 30 year veteran, retiring   WDT


03 21       $5 million cap on a new police facility and renovations to municipal building   WDT


04 03       Police facility on High School land; option allowed construction of   WDT


05 12       Timothy J. Roets appointed deputy chief of police   WDT


06 03          The bike patrol is breaking down barriers in Watertown.  The barriers, invisible walls existing throughout the city, have been built between the city police and the public.  They were formed by public perceptions of squad cars and official police uniforms, which sometimes create a sense of apprehension and intimidation.  “I enjoy bike patrol on Sunday when people are cutting their lawns,” officer Paul Thomas said.  He initiates conversation and asks people if they have concerns.  “It’ll catch them off guard, but they’ll say there is loud music from cars driving by or something else.”  WDT


July          Lights ‘n Sirens Community Safety Fair.  First of what would become an annual event   WDT


10 06       Police station does not meet national and legal requirements   WDT



02 16       Officer Marcie Repta elected president of Wisconsin Association of Women Police   WDT


03 31       Hero Recognition

   4-year-old calls 911, saves mother’s life



   First graduation from



    Spring of 2000


06 13       K-9 UNIT FORMED

   Officer Tim Engel / Police canine Bakko  


06 17       Vandals at Watertown Parks—The city is shelving for this year the idea of hiring an auxiliary police patrol to keep a lookout for vandals at Watertown parks.  “It is not going to happen.  There is no money budgeted for it this year,” said Park and Recreation Director John Steber.  But the patrol could become a reality in 2001.  “We will review with the police department what measures can be taken and addressed in the 2001 budget about possibly providing park security next year,” Steber said this week.   WDT


06 17       Auxiliary Police patrol for parks shelved   WDT


06 28             Police Auxiliary, 2000, 12 members


10 12       Mark E. Meddaugh

A veteran police officer of over 14 years has been selected to head the Operations Bureau of the Watertown Police Department.  Sgt. Mark E. Meddaugh, who currently supervises the Investigative Division, was approved for promotion to the rank of captain by the Police and Fire Commission at its meeting Monday.  Meddaugh fills a vacancy created by the promotion of Tim Roets to deputy chief.  Meddaugh began his career with the Watertown Police Department in July of 1986 as a patrol officer.  He was later transferred to investigations and was promoted to sergeant in February of 1991.  As a former D.A.R.E. instructor, Meddaugh is well-known and respected by the children in the community.  In March of 1999 Meddaugh graduated from the 196th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.   WDT



04 25       Two veteran Watertown police officers have been promoted to the rank of sergeant.  Timothy O. Engel, who is credited with starting the department’s police canine police program in 1998, will be assigned to the uniform services division.  He will continue his duties as canine handler.  Andrew R. Gee, nationally recognized as the WeTip Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, also will be assigned to the uniform services division.   WDT



03 18       CITY HALL EXPANSION AND RENOVATION / Watertown Municipal Building




The Watertown Police Department will have sole responsibility for patrolling and enforcing the speed limit on the state Highway 16 bypass north of Watertown following approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the Dodge County Board of Supervisors.  The Watertown Common Council approved the agreement last month.  The police will patrol and respond to accidents on the entire bypass.  Previously, the sheriff’s department had control over enforcing the speed and accidents that occurred on the bypass west of Boulder Road.  WDT



08 29       MOBILE RADIOS

Watertown police and fire departments have received mobile radios enhancing communication abilities with other agencies.  The radios, purchased through a $56,501 Homeland Security Grant, went into service this week.  Deputy Police Chief Tim Roets said his department received seven new units valued at $4,542.  “The radios allow our marked squad cars the ability to communicate directly with deputies in Dodge and Jefferson counties,” he said.  “It also allows, to a degree, the ability to talk with the state patrol.”  One radio is installed in the supervising sergeant’s car and the remaining six are in patrol squad cars.  Roets said there are eight marked cars total, so only one doesn’t have a radio.  WDT



Deputy Chief Tim Roets, Captain Tom Killmon, Chief Charles McGee, Retired Lt. Vern Schumann, Retired Inspector Larry Sukow.



They say a dog’s bark is worse than his bite.  However, that’s not the case when man’s best friend has a titanium tooth.  Watertown Police Department’s sole K-9 unit, Bakko, underwent a procedure to repair a cracked tooth.  The final result, an implanted silver tooth.  When the 100-pound German shepherd came to the station in 2000 the problem was irritated during a training exercise, according to Bakko’s handler, Sgt. Tim Engel.  But Bakko, one of the few police dogs in the state to have an implant, is lucky.  When local dentist Dr. Robert Long heard about the need, Long volunteered his time and talent and recruited a few others to help.  WDT



         Dispatchers Diana Monaghan and Jill Petig



April         Retirement of Bakko, Department’s first police canine.




Longtime police officer Rodney A. Wieland has announced his retirement from the Watertown Police Department.  After serving as an officer for the Mineral Point Police Department for two years, Wieland completed nearly 26 years of dedicated service to the Watertown community.  According to Chief McGee, Wieland was the longest serving patrol officer, having spent his entire career in patrol. “Rod will be greatly missed,” he added. “His experience, street savvy and skills are not things that we simply replace overnight.”



School Resource Officer Phil Neidner of the Watertown Police Department was one of several members of state law enforcement who were honored Friday at the annual WeTip award ceremony in Milwaukee.  Neidner was presented with the school resource officer of the year award for creating a crime prevention program called S.A.W., or Students are Watching.  S.A.W. is a school-based program designed to encourage students to come forward anonymously and report crimes that have either been committed or will be committed at school.   WDT



03 21          LIGHTS ‘n SIRENS PLANS FOR 2007

One of Watertown’s most popular summertime events, Lights ‘n Sirens, will be held at Riverside Park on Thursday, July 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Planning is under way for the eighth annual community safety fair.  This is a good opportunity for both children and adults to get “up close and personal” with local safety professionals.  The event is intended to promote injury prevention through education and provides the community the chance to meet with public safety personnel in a relaxed setting.  The event is sponsored by Watertown Area Health Services, Watertown Family Center, Watertown Police Department and Watertown Fire Department.   WDT



Sgt. Robert W. Kaminski, a 16-year veteran with the Watertown Police Department, graduated this month from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.  The 228th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Columbia, 23 international countries, four military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.  Since 1948 six other Watertown police officers have graduated from the FBI National Academy. Kaminski joins three other current graduates: Chief Charles McGee, Deputy Chief Timothy Roets and Capt. Mark Meddaugh.   WDT



03 31          Back packets program


08 13          Chief McGee honored at retirement



   Tim Roets sworn in as new Police Chief   WDT, 09 17 2008

“At no other time in my career is it more important to engage and partner with our citizens, solve problems and keep Watertown a great place to live.  The beauty and balance of our democracy can be seen clearly, thanks to the willing cooperation of our public and a dedicated team of support staff.  We are able police our city of 23,000 people with 39 officers on a 24 hour a day basis.  Not as a controlling force, but instead as part of the community.”


10 06       Haroon Khan murder, Travis Zoellick implicated in the student's death   WDT full text article


12 31          Curtis J. Kleppin promoted from sergeant to captain   WDT



01 06       Officer Mike Kumbier, “The Elvis Cop,” retired   WDT

01 29       McGruff the Crime Dog, new costume   WDT

03 18       Tom Killmon, former Watertown police Capt., recognition   WDT

03 24       Watertown Police Dept join Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force 

05 05       Bakko, the police canine; died, began service in 2000    WDT

05 14       Blue and White Sunday proclaimed   WDT

06 25          Jeremy Lingle hired to fill vacant officer position   WDT

08 01          M&I Bank silent auction to benefit Police K-9 Unit   WDT

08 06          2009 Citizen Police Academy, applications for   WDT

08 21          Scott Kind hired as new police officer    WDT

08 21          Adult School Crossing Guards sought    WDT

Fall              Police explorer program for local teens    WDT

08 25          Truancy Abatement Program.  Watertown Moravian Church recently made a donation, which is a cooperative effort between the Watertown Unified School District and Police Department to curb truancy in the middle and grade schools   WDT

09 15          Charles Hensen hired as new police officer    WDT

10 14          Auxiliary officer Dan Zindars retired    WDT

11 04          Two new squad cars, resolution    WDT



01 08       Premise Alert System (PAS) introduced   WDT

01 22          Ryan Abbott hired as new police officer    WDT

01 27          Police dept space problem, municipal bldg renovation, three police/fire precincts   WDT

05 11             Department photo

09 02          Officers Stacy Schroeder and Dave Gilbert, D.A.R.E./crime prevention assignments   WDT

09 02          Technology update.  Department received a grant to fund the purchase of 10 laptop computers, printers and mounting brackets to equip 10 squad cars.  Mandated traffic stop data collection requirement effective Jan. 1, 2011.  In 2009 local police officers hand wrote out 2,485 traffic citations, 798 municipal citations, 2,240 parking citations and 671 traffic crash reports.  WDT

09 07             Physical Fitness Award, 5-year pin

10 27             Jonathan Wehner hired as new officer

11 09             Scams—How to Protect Yourself”   Officer Stacy Schroeder



03 07         K-9 unit, attempt to restart



Police Dept, in cooperation with UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center, installed box in lobby of the department.


04 13       Lyle A Shaiken, 1929-2011, former officer


11 02       2011-12 union contract adopted


11 09       Run from the Cops (3rd annual) raised $11,320 for People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse   WDT



               Citizen Police Academy members



The Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association honored heroes and leaders, recognizing corrections officers, police officers, support staff and citizens.  Watertown Police Detective Jonathan Caucutt was named The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Watertown Chief Tim Roets nominated Caucutt for his work on internet crimes against children.  Caucutt's work has led to the arrest of three men in the past year who were preying on children.  In addition, he provided 18 public education sessions about internet safety.  "We in law enforcement, when we take the oath don't expect to get thanked," Caucutt said.  He thanked his fellow officers for assisting with investigations and Chief Roets for committee resources to internet crimes against children.




Two members of the Watertown Police Department will be recognized at the Jefferson County Chiefs and Sheriff Association's annual banquet on Jan. 18.  Capt. Mark Meddaugh will be receiving the President's Award and records clerk Sue Roe will be accepting the Support Person of the Year Award.


Meddaugh began his career with the Watertown Police Department on July 31,1986.  He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on Feb. 24, 1991, and captain on Oct. 15, 2000.  He is a graduate of the 196th Session of the FBI National Academy held in Quantico. Va.  Meddaugh is also a state-certified police ethics instructor and professional communications instructor.  Throughout his career, Meddaugh has received 15 formal letters of commendation and the department's fitness award for passing a physical test for five consecutive years.  Meddaugh has worked every uniform patrol watch along with an extensive assignment in the investigations bureau.  He was also one of the department’s early DA.R.E. officers.  In addition, Meddaugh was instrumental in bringing the school resource officer program to Watertown.  Meddaugh has also spent countless hours addressing the increase of domestic violence incidents in the community.  In response to this problem, Meddaugh started an annual 5K run in 2009 known as “Run from the Cops.” which was designed to bring attention to the complexities of domestic violence and to raise much needed funds for domestic violence advocates in Jefferson County. 


Roe has served as the Watertown Police Department's record clerk for the past 22 years.  She is responsible for overseeing all of the reports within the local police department.  In 2010 Roe processed 1,036 public records requests, which does not include inquiries for reports by other law enforcement agencies, probation and parole offices, district attorney offices, social services and military recruiters.  Roe is also responsible for court notifications for department officers.  In 2011. Roe introduced and was instrumental in launching the Tax Refund Interception Program to assist in collecting unpaid parking fines.  She conducted a considerable amount of research with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Watertown Municipal Court and the Watertown city clerk prior to implementing the TRIP program.  The program allows the city to collect unpaid parking fines from vehicle owners by intercepting state tax returns before they are sent out.



Police Dept will offer a bartender awareness course in the attempt to work together with licensed establishments in the goal to help all reach a 100 percent success rate in police alcohol compliance checks.


04 24       SHOOTING RANGE PROPOSED for use by police dept

The Watertown Plan Commission granted a conditional use permit to allow a retail gun dealership and a shooting range to open at 209 E. Main St [Schempf Bldg].  The new business would be called Martz’ Muzzlez Range and Dealership.  In the initial phase, the business is planning on opening the firing range, retail space and a member’s lounge.  The company also plans on renovating the second floor to open an education center for gun safety and training classes, advanced laser ranges for police training and a gunsmith shop.  “This will be a safe and sound business and is a well needed facility in the city, not just for outdoor shooters, but for the police department as well.”   WDT


05 16       EMS WEEK declared

Mayor Ron Krueger declared the week of May 20 through May 26 to be Emergency Medical Services Week in Watertown.  According to the proclamation, emergency medical services is a vital public service whose providers are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.   WDT


07 12       KAREN MILLER honored with state law enforcement award

Watertown Police Department Administrative Assistant Karen Miller received the 2012 Project Champion Award from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Administrative Professionals Association.  Miller has been an employee of the Watertown Police Department for 12 years.  She has been the administrative assistant for the past nine years.  Police Chief Tim Roets said Miller has been essential in two department projects in the last year.  Miller was selected to represent the department support staff and served as a conduit between management and the employees after the communications center union was dismantled.


Miller was also selected to lead an IT (information technology) support search committee to help the department find a new vendor, according to Roets.  He added she hit all of her deadlines in finding a new vendor and helped to significantly upgrade, stabilize and protect the city’s IT network.   WDT


07 17       ICE, Local Police Arrest 7

The Watertown Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit arrested seven foreign-born individuals identified as gang members.  The police department worked cooperatively with the federal agencies to identify local gang members and criminals who are in the United States illegally and involved in criminal enterprises in the Watertown area.


ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations icoordinated the detention and deportation of the aliens to their home countries.  A similar Community Shield Operation was conducted last August in Watertown. Seven foreign-born individuals identified as gang members were also arrested and deported in that operation.   WDT


08 08       Grant for Riverfest Buses

Department awarded a grant of $6,975 to provide buses to transport people who have consumed alcohol at the four-day Riverfest celebration.  On average, 25,000 to 30,000 people attend the event and 450 to 500 barrels of beer are sold during the festival.  With the grant funding, buses will safely transport citizens from 11 a.m. to midnight daily during the event.  WDT


Sept         Watertown Police Offering Free iPhone App to Report Crimes

The Watertown Police Department is announcing a new free iPhone App to report suspicious activities in neighborhoods, drug activity and general crime tips to the police.  This new iPhone app will now be the third way citizens are able to report suspicious crimes or crime tips to the department.  Citizens can still log onto the department's website,, and report crime tips or tips can be sent through texting on their cellular phones by texting 847-411 then entering "wttn" as their keyword before sending their tip. 


Starting today a third method of reporting crimes tips can be sent through an iPhone app.  All tips received are received anonymously by the department and are immediately received by officers at the department.  Community members with i Phones are encouraged to visit the Apple App Store and searched "WPD Tips"


When citizens get involved and report suspicious activities it helps keep their neighborhoods safer.  Since 2011 the Watertown Police Department has received 54 tips from the Tip 411 Program (text tips) ranging from abandon vehicles to drug activity and burglary tips.  The Watertown Police Department appreciates citizens sending these tips to keep our community a safe place to live and work.


The new iPhone app will now make reporting crime tips even more convenient for community members. This service is provided by Citizen Observer.


One can also sign up for text and/or email alerts from the City of Watertown by signing up at or


09 19       Officer Robert Heimerl

  The Watertown Police Department announced the hiring of Robert Heimerl to serve as the newest officer in the department.  Heimerl is a 2008 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh majoring in criminal justice.  He served in the United States Marine Corps from June 2008 to November 2011 during which time he completed a tour in Afghanistan.  Heimerl was honorably discharged in 2011 at the rank of first lieutenant.  He completed the police academy at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Oak Creek Campus in April of this year.  Heimerl has been assigned to the Uniform Services Bureau and will be completing a 16-week field training program prior to working solo patrol.


09 12         Police Academy Alum Kiss the Pig fund raiser.


10 25       Police Explorers

  The Watertown Police Explorers held a fundraiser to support American Family Children's Hospital at Watertown Regional Medical Center.  The Explorers, who consist of 14- to 21-year-olds, get opportunities to participate in some hands-on law enforcement experiences and community volunteering opportunities. 


10 26       Marcie Repta Retirement:  First woman police officer



04 06          The Watertown Police Explorers competed in the Bay-Lakes Council Law Enforcement Exploring Competition in Appleton, WI.  The Explorers participated in four events of domestic resolution, vehicle contacts, crime scene investigation and open door/room clearing.  There were also two optional events of a physical agility test and a law test.  The Watertown Police Explorers came home with a second place finish in crime scene investigation, missing first place by one point!  Congratulations to Jessica Rynearson, Jordan Learned, Cody Butler and Justin Wilke.


06 28       Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation

The Watertown Police Department has become the 20th law enforcement agency in the state of Wisconsin to earn accreditation status through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.  The award recognition will take place at the start of the Watertown City Council meeting on July 2 at 7 p.m. WILEAG board secretary, Chief Robert Rosch of the village of Hartland, will present the certificate of recognition.