5/3/17 – The Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission last night gave the green light to the police chief and the city attorney to draw-up a contract offer to the sheriff to participate in his countywide records management system. Spillman would link 17 local municipal law enforcement agencies together. In Beaver Dam, it would replace two computer systems: a Cisco system that manages department records at the police station and in squad cars, New World which has been plagued with issues since launching three years ago. After meeting in closed session to discuss the terms of the contract, the commission voted four-to-one to have Police Chief John Kreuziger and City Attorney Mary Ann Schacht draft a contract offer to the sheriff. City officials are not saying at this time what the offer to the sheriff will entail. The sheriff has said that the payment structure is non-negotiable as the offer on the table for Beaver Dam has the same terms as the contracts signed by 15 other agencies. Spillman software will be free for each department, however those departments will each have to pay a yearly maintenance fee beginning in 2019 and a one-time, per-officer training fee this year. For the Beaver Dam Police Department, that translates to $26-thousand dollars for its 37 officers plus $14-thousand annually for its 51-computers. Schmidt says that cost is slightly higher than the $12-thousand dollars annually Beaver Dam is paying for both New World and Cisco. Schmidt notes that the city would have Spillman installed on more computers that currently with New World while the cost for Beaver Dam to go it alone would be considerably higher. PFC Chair Jeff Kohman cast the lone no vote against drafting the Spillman contract saying that the city has no recourse if there is a problem with the new system. The city hopes to have a contract before the city council by their next meeting on May 15. Spillman is slated to go live, countywide on December 11.