Vossekuil accepts Mayville police chief offer
MAYVILLE – Interim Police Chief Ryan Vossekuil will be sworn in soon as police chief after he and the city reached an agreement following more than a month of contract disputes.
“It is a great honor and a privilege to lead this department,” Vossekuil said. “This has been a long and challenging process for all and I’m excited to move forward.”
The final contract removes the 12-month probationary period that was part of the previous offer and it increases the salary from $72,000 to $73,400. In addition, Vossekuil will attend police chief training and other training as needed. The council will then review his status on July 1.
Mayor Rob Boelk said over the phone Vossekuil will be named police chief would be made retroactive to April 25, 2017. He had been filling that role on an interim basis after the resignation of the previous chief.
“I’m glad we have come to a resolution and can move forward for the residents of Mayville,” Boelk said.
Vossekuil rejected a contract offer in August because he was advised to do so by legal counsel. Boelk issued a news release Sept. 21 stating that Vossekuil did not make a counter-proposal, leading the city to reject Vossekuil as a candidate.
One contentious point in the contract was the 12-month probationary period. The probationary period carried the risk that Vossekuil could be easily dismissed and thus put the benefits he earned over the course of his 15-year career with the department in jeopardy.
The city previously had said it would move forward with its search for a chief, but residents criticized the Mayville Common Council and asked it to reconsider the contract it offered to Vossekuil. Boelk previously defended the probationary period, calling it standard and something that must be included in order to protect the city’s best interests.
Before Vossekuil took over as the interim police chief, Former Police Chief Christopher MacNeill resigned March 31. He was investigated by the Watertown Police Department at the request of Boelk, whose request came after the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation served a search warrant on the city of Mayville on Feb. 6. Boelk placed MacNeill on paid administrative leave Feb. 9.
The swearing-in for Vossekuil is set for Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in Mayville City Hall, 15 S. School St.