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Marshfield selects Gramza as new police chief

Rick Gramza
Rick Gramza

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) -- Marshfield has selected their new Chief of Police. He’s Rick Gramza, a seventeen year veteran of the Marshfield Police Department who started his law enforcement career in Central Wisconsin.

Gramza began as a patrol officer in 1997 and was a member of the MPD swat team for eight years. He has also worked as a school liaison officer, a detective, and most recently as an administrative lieutenant. The new chief says he’s honored to head up a well-respected department, and to take on the challenges that lie ahead. Gramza says, “I think law enforcement has many challenges related to unfortunate additions to prescription drugs and heroin.” Randy Gershman, president of Marshfield’s Police and Fire Commission made the announcement saying, “It’s a big role, it’s responsibility all the time, 24 hours a day, and we think he’s up to the challenge.” Outgoing chief Gary Jepson agreed says, “The department’s in good hands.” Jepson retires May 15th after more than 30 years in law enforcement, the last four as chief. The other finalists vying for the position were Sgt. Patrick Zeps from Marshfield, Lt. Jeff Miller from the Appleton P.D. and Douglas Reim, Police Chief of Westworth Village, Texas.