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Eau Claire's chief of police to step down after a decade of leadership


Eau Claire (WQOW)- He's spent over 30 years on the force and a decade leading it. Now, Eau Claire's police chief says he's ready to retire.

Though Jerry Matysik says it was a difficult decision to make, he'd like to seek out another challenge while he's young enough. 

He was hired as chief back in 2003, but began his career with Eau Claire's police department in 1983. Today Matysik says he's most proud of the direction Eau Claire's force has taken under his leadership, working to solve community problems, not just respond and file reports. He says that means to preempt crime by proactively analyzing and interrupting crime trends. He says good crime control takes an entire community; good parents, good schools and good businesses and Matysik says that's what Eau Claire has. 

Matysik plans to stay in the area. He will provide risk management consultation to public safety agencies in the Midwest. 

The chief says he'll miss police work, being engaged in the community, and specifically the great men and women he says make up Eau Claire's police force. 

An exact date has not been set for his retirement, but Matysik will leave his post by the end of the year. The city's Police and Fire Commission will be tasked with hiring a new chief of police. 


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