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Clintonville picks Freitag as new police chief

Conditional offer made with start date of May 29
By: 

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

The Clintonville Police and Fire Commission has announced that Craig Freitag has accepted the position as Clintonville’s next police chief.

Freitag fills the position that was held by James Beggs who retired in April. The offer requires medical and psychiatric evaluations, a drug test, and an in-depth background investigation. Provided the requirements have been met, Freitag will be given a final offer of employment with a start date of May 29.

Freitag is excited about the transition and the opportunity it presents. He has also told the commission that he has found a house in Clintonville and hopes to be able to begin building a new home in the city next year. According to City Administrator Sharon Eveland, the commission is confident that Freitag will be a valuable asset to the police department and to the community.

Freitag has been in law enforcement for 15 years. He started his career in the village of Rio part time in 2004, while going to college and going through the police academy. After completing college, he was hired by the village of Lake Delton Police Department for a full time position for the summer.

He was then hired by the village of Randolph department, where he worked for nine years.

He volunteered for the emergency medical service as a driver. He served on the Randolph School Board the past six years and has coached youth football for nine years.

In 2014, Freitag was hired to work for the Lodi Police Department, where he is now a lieutenant. He works part time for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department as a drug investigator.