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Seventeen applicants for Prescott police chief

PRESCOTT--Seventeen law enforcement officers from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana have applied to succeed Mike R. Bondarenko as Prescott Chief of Police. The city’s police commission accepted applications from Aug. 5-30.

Bondarenko announced his intent to retire in February 2014 earlier this year, and the commission hopes to have a successor in place by early next year. Bondarenko’s last day will be on or before Feb. 20, 2014.

The commission retained former long-time Hastings, Minn., Police Chief and Law Enforcement Officer Nick Wasylik as its consultant for the police chief selection process. Wasylik has had a long and distinguished law enforcement career in Minnesota.

The commissioners will choose an as yet to be determined number of applicants to interview for Bondarenko’s position in early November.

The applicants include four members of the Prescott Police Department and 13 outside candidates.

“Chief Wasylik and I are extremely pleased by the outstanding quality of the applicants we received for the chief of police position,” Bondarenko said. “We will bring forward a very high quality candidate to succeed me.”

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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