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Police chief recovering from rare illness

Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel
Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel

WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU)   Wausau police chief Jeff Hardel has been on medical leave for nearly a month. WAOW-TV reports he's been hospitalized and is slowly recovering from a rare, serious illness. Exactly what it is hasn't been made public.

Hardel told the TV station that it took a long time for doctors to make a correct diagnosis, and now he's in the middle of a long recovery. He says his condition is improving, and that he hopes to return to the office for a half-day tomorrow. He'll work half-days as he regains his strength.

The department has been run day-to-day by police captains Ben Blevin and Greg Hagenbucher.