October 26, 2011

On Tuesday evening the Menasha Police Commission announced the appointment of Tim Styka as the new Chief of Police for the city of Menasha.  Styka will replace long term Chief Stanke who retired in June of this year.

The commission recognized that this would likely be the most important decision that they would make during their appointment.  The commission spent the last four months carefully considering the 26 applicants.  The choice was a difficult one as many of the  candidates were well qualified.  Chief Styka will have the opportunity to shape both the police department and the community during his tenure. 

The legacy of former Chief Stanke was one of education and empowerment.  The Menasha Police department is known for its innovation, education level of its officers, and internal opportunities for involvement of officers at all levels.  It is a testament to Chief Stanke that the appointment was a promotion from within.  Styka has been with the department since 1996 and has been a patrol lieutenant for the past 10 years.

I've been fortunate to be able to get to know many of our officers over my terms as alderman and mayor.  I'm pleased that the Police Commission recognized the direction and the people of our police force by promoting from within.  I have confidence that Chief Styka will continue to lead our department and community in a progressive manner continuing the traditions of a strong department and creating innovative solutions for today's challenges.