Saukville to get a new police chief in May

With Goetz set to retire, board approves promotion of lieutenant to top position

Jeff Goetz
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press staff

After 33 years of service, Saukville Police Chief Jeff Goetz will retire in May.

“It’s a challenging and extremely rewarding career,” Goetz said.

“After 33 years, I decided this would be a good time to expand my horizons and look for something else out there.”

Goetz joined the Saukville Police Department in 1985 and became chief in 2013, when his predecessor Bill Meloy retired after 40 years as chief.

“Being mentored by Bill Meloy was certainly a blessing. He hired me as a 21-year-old and promoted me through the ranks,” Goetz said.

“I was second in command by him and I was able to learn a whole bunch, not only how to run a police department but also how to relate to the citizens.”

Another major influence for Goetz was his late father, Fred, who was a longtime lieutenant in Grafton.  

“I grew up with my father being in law enforcement, and that’s what stirred me with the desire to follow in his footsteps,” he said.

Goetz said the Village of Saukville has changed significantly since he joined the force.

“Before it was a pretty sleepy community, but now it’s virile and active,” he said. “When I started, Colonial Parkway didn’t even go through the village; it dead-ended at a dirt path. It was a big field over there and east of the freeway was a farm. 

“We’ve increased significantly in population, and in commercial and residential growth.” 

The chief’s successor will be Lt. Rob Meyer, who started with the village department in 2006. 

“Lt. Meyer has exceeded standards throughout his term,” Village President Barb Dickmann said. 

In 2009, Meyer received the officer-of-the-year award from the Saukville American Legion.   

The Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the appointment of Meyer as Goetz’s successor.

“The board did their due diligence, and I’m so happy they came to the conclusion that they did because I’ve said in the past Rob Meyer would be an excellent police chief in Wisconsin,” Goetz said.

“To not have him here would be a shame. The board made a well-informed decision and I think the village is lucky to have him.”

Goetz, whose last day as chief will be May 17, said he’s not sure what he will do in retirement.

“I’m certainly one that can’t stand sitting still, so I’ll be out there looking for something to do and be productive,” Goetz said, noting he likes to go fishing.

He added that he would like to be a mentor to younger officers.

One thing Goetz is certain of is that he will miss serving the citizens of Saukville.

“I’m going to miss the people of Saukville, especially. And also my co-workers from the department heads to all the guys and girls who work for me,” he said.

“This is a really awesome organization to work for, and I’ve been pretty lucky after you hear what other chiefs have to put up with from their elected officials and administrators.” 

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