File on Watertown Police Department
1986 First female police officer
01 06 The first female police officer began her duties on Jan. 6, 1986. Miss Marcie Jo Repta is a native of Milwaukee. She has a bachelor of science degree with a major in criminal justice from the UW-Platteville. The new officer attended 320 hours of recruit training at Waukesha County Technical Institute and upon completion of that training she was assigned to the 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift. 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
02 16 Officer Marcie Repta, a 14-year veteran of the Watertown Police Department, was recently elected as president of the Wisconsin Association of Women Police. She has been a member of the board of directors of the association since 1990, serving as sergeant at arms and as first vice president. Repta is the senior field training officer, bicycle safety instructor and vehicle crash investigator for the Watertown Police Department. She started the bicycle safety program at Webster School four years ago. She is currently assigned to the day shift. She was the first female officer to serve in the local department, and currently is still the only female officer. WDT
10 26 Marcie Repta Retirement: First woman police officer
Officer Marcie Repta retired after 26 years of service with the Watertown Police Department.
Repta began her career with the department on Jan. 6, 1986. She was hired by former Police Chief Richard Reynolds and was the first female police officer in the history of the department.
During her career with the department she worked each of the three shifts and served as a field training officer, major crash investigator and bicycle safety instructor.
In 2000, Repta was elected as the president of the Wisconsin Association of Women Police and served in various leadership capacities within the organization ever since . She was the recipient of 11 letters of commendation and further served her community as a board member of the Watertown Humane Society.
Repta was assigned to Lincoln Elementary School for most of her career to help supervise the area in the morning and afternoon as the students arrived and left for the day.
The children and staff at the school surprised Repta with a retirement ceremony in the school gym. Repta was presented with flowers and a balloon that read, "Happy retirement". Each grade also put together a book with suggestions for what Repta should do now that she will be retired.
Cross Reference: Watertown Daily Times slide show
History of Watertown, Wisconsin