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Chippewa County eyes reorganization of Sheriff's Department

Chippewa County (WQOW) - Chippewa County is considering a law enforcement reorganization of sorts.

The sheriff's department eliminated the Chief Deputy position five years ago.

Tuesday, the county's executive committee talked about restoring the position.

If that happens, it would replace the current Undersheriff role which is an at-will position. That means the person in that job can be fired without cause.

The chief deputy position would not be at will and would be subject to more rigorous qualifications when it needs to be filled.

“It will be a smooth flow of how the department is operating over time from election to election,” said County Administrator Frank Pascarella. “It will also provide for better planning, and I think for better communication between the divisions and other county departments."

The Chippewa County Board will vote on whether to re-establish the chief deputy position at its next meeting.

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