What did we tell you this week?
His last day is Monday. Vic Wahl will take over
Blaska Policy Werkes first broke this story four days ago (Wednesday 09-25-19). From his announcement:
If you have followed me as Chief, you know that I was raised by an Irish Catholic mom who provided the foundation for my faith life. So for those who may not be aware, we Catholics have a patron saint for literally everything and everyone. So it is only fitting that on September 29 — the feast day of St. Michael, the Guardian Archangel my namesake and confirmation saint–and the patron saint of police officers — that I would use this day to announce the end of my career at the MPD. For you see, I did my best to be a guardian to the community and a guardian to the “guardians” (cops).
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this community. Each day, I resolved to do my level best to keep “Camelot” a safe place to live, work, and play–for everyone.
This is the City where I was raised, went to grade school through college (and parts of my law school studies), met my wife here, began our family here, and provided me with the opportunity to make a difference as a street cop for a department that was (and is) firmly committed to community policing.
Koval says ‘The haters’ made him stick around longer
To the “haters,” thanks to you as well — for through your unrelenting, unforgiving, desire to make the police the brunt of all of your scorn, I drew strength from your pervasive and persistent bullying. I have made a career of fighting for the underdog and I was able to hang on much longer than I had originally planned (or that you had hoped)!
“My biggest fear in leaving my MPD Family as Chief? Who will protect the guardians when they are hurting, when they are tried in the court(s) of public opinion/Facebook/and the media without fundamental fairness and respect for due process?”
Needs 31 more police
Koval said he needs 31 more police, expressing frustration that he could not convince two mayors and several Common Councils. Said Madison needs 31 more sworn officers. That he diverted 12 positions away from other important areas over to patrol. “But this is not sustainable, folks.”
Koval also hinted that he could keep blogging about public safety. “This blog … may take a turn and be utilized differently. the only thing constant is “change,” right?!”