Changing of the police guard

Saukville’s chief-to-be eager to tackle challenge of leading department

WITH THE RETIREMENT of Saukville Police Chief Jeff Goetz (left), the position will be taken over by Lt. Robert Meyer (right). Goetz, who has served as chief since 2013, is stepping down May 17. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press staff

Last week, the Saukville Village Board announced Lt. Robert Meyer will replace Chief Jeff Goetz, who is retiring in May after 33 years with the department.

Meyer joined the Saukville Police Department in 2006 and quickly rose through the ranks.

“I’ve been lucky to have a lot of opportunities in the village, and it’s a testament to Chief (Bill) Meloy and Chief Goetz for giving me the chance to do all this work,” Meyer said.

Meyer initially wanted to pursue a career as a conservation warden, but when he attended the police academy at Waukesha County Technical College, he felt inspired to become an officer.

“When I was in the academy, it was a combination of my instructors and the content of what I was learning that made me switch my career path to become a police officer. I learned that I would be able to help more people in crisis by doing police work,” Meyer said.

In 2009, Meyer received the Saukville American Legion Officer-of-the-Year award and became a field-training officer for the department.

“I think that has been one of my most rewarding positions within the department,” he said. “To be able to have an influence and train the new officers was something I really took to heart.”

Meyer became the department’s certified evidence technician in 2011, and the following year he attended the National Academy for Fire Arson Investigation.

He was promoted to sergeant in 2014 and became a lieutenant the next year.

Meyer also received the Village of Saukville Exceptional Performance Award in 2014 and 2017.

When looking back at his career, he said he didn’t think he was going to become an officer in Saukville after he interviewed with the Village Board.

“I fumbled a few questions during my interview that I knew the answers to,” he said. “I remember taking my tie off after the interview and thinking that I might as well check Saukville off the list.”

Meyer credits his success in the department to the man who hired him.    

“I’m where I am today because of Chief Meloy. I will be forever thankful to him because he was the one who hired me,” Meyer said. “Looking back now, he was taking a shot in the dark because I had no law enforcement experience.”

He also attributes his career advancement to his mentor Goetz.

“Chief Goetz has been one of the most influential people in my career. I’ve learned so much from him, not only about the job but life lessons as well,” Meyer said. “He has this unmatched ability to see things outside the box from any angle imaginable. To have that ability and the characteristics of a leader is phenomenal, and I find myself trying to do that.”

Under his leadership, Meyer said, he wants Saukville officers to continue their role in a progressive law enforcement department and he seeks to increase the department’s community outreach through its National Night Out and Shop with a Cop programs.

 

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