The Montevideo Police Civil Service Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to offer the position of Montevideo Police Chief to Montevideo Interim Police Chief Ken Schule. The commission conducted in-person interviews with four finalists throughout the day on Tuesday. The three-member commission is comprised of local residents Chris Weber, Steve Beals, and Scott Marquardt.

Schule has worked for the City of Montevideo since 2004 in a variety of roles including police officer, sergeant, and captain. He holds a degree in law enforcement from Alexandria Tech. He has been serving as Interim Police Chief since former Chief Adam Christopher resigned on January 15.

In a Wednesday press release, commission chair Scott Marquardt stated the following:

“Ken Schule embodies the core values, leadership attributes and style, experience, and managerial acumen which we believe is the best fit to lead our Police Department into the future.  In addition to having a critically important trusted rapport with the police department officers and staff, Ken has built high-value important relationships with key partners in other local, regional, and statewide law enforcement agencies, in addition to other partners and stakeholders in the region’s criminal justice system, and with local residents and businesses.

“The commission would like to give a huge shout-out and thank you to the amazing officers and staff of the Montevideo Police Department.  We are very proud of these dedicated professionals and how they serve our residents, businesses, and property owners with the utmost integrity and compassion.  We thank them for their perseverance and flexibility during this time of transition.

“A big thank you to all of the local residents and business leaders who took the time to attend our candidate open house and to provide feedback to the commission.  We are grateful for your time and valuable participation in this process.  Also, thank you to all of the local key partners who provided insights and feedback throughout this journey, from assisting us with the development of the position profile to lending your support during the leadership transition and the search process.  Finally, a huge thank you to the city staff, city council, and our professional external search firm for all of the incredible guidance and support to the commission during this journey.

“The commission especially appreciates the support of the Interim City Manager and City Council to engage DDA Human Resources as our external professional search firm.  Liza Donabauer and her team provided invaluable guidance, process framework, facilitation, and innovative ideas for this search process which maximized stakeholder participation, citizen involvement, market access, and best practices from the field.

“The commission has appointed Almich, Donabauer, City Clerk Glennis Lauritsen, and City Finance Director Jan Flaherty to serve as a negotiation team to develop the proposed terms and conditions of Schule’s employment.  The commission looks forward to working with Ken over the upcoming weeks as he transitions from interim status.”