(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department has a new deputy chief. Brandon Stommel was promoted from lieutenant to replace Scott Bahr, who has retired. Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson told us Friday on WBEV’s Community Comment that the two have been working together as Bahr prepares Stommel for his new role. Bahr will remain with the department until April but his last day was Friday. Johnson says Bahr will not be responding to any calls or emergencies in uniform and would instead assist with training programs. That includes training at the department’s new shooting range, a project which Bahr helped oversee.
The outgoing deputy chief has been with the Beaver Dam Police Department for 30 years and was a patrolman before being promoted to sergeant in 1995, then to lieutenant in 2014. Bahr was named deputy chief five years ago.
Johnson says Stommel’s promotion has opened up other positions in the department. He says there is an opening for Stommel’s old post which could lead to an open sergeant’s position, depending on how the hiring process plays out.
Johnson says they currently have three officers in field training and, once they finish, the department will be at full staff.
–Photo courtesy of the Beaver Dam Police Department Facebook page