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Finalists named for Clintonville police chief job

The Clintonville Police and Fire Commission selected three finalists to fill the chief of police vacancy.

Final interviews will be held on Tuesday, April 16, following a 5 p.m. community meet-and-greet.

The public is welcome to attend the first portion of the event to meet the candidates.

The three selected finalists are Dennis Schroeder of Clintonville, Craig Freitag of Randolph and Christopher Hughes of Brodhead.

The meet-and-greet will be held  at the Community Center, 30 S. Main St., Clintonville.

Current Police Chief James Beggs will retire April 19.

The commission conducted its interviews to narrow down the candidate field on March 27.

Those interested in providing feedback on the candidates should contact the commissioners directly.


Dennis Schroeder

Schroeder currently serves on the Clintonville Police Department as the captain and has been an officer with the department since 1992.

He has worked as a police school liaison officer, a background investigator and a field training officer.

In his role as captain, Schroeder has served as the second-in-command of the department.


Craig Freitag

Freitag is currently a police lieutenant for the Lodi Police Department.

He began his law enforcement career in 2004 as a part-time officer for the village of Rio before taking a full-time position with the village of Randolph in 2005.

Freitag has worked as a DARE officer, evidence technician and drug investigator. His current role is the second-in-command of the Lodi Police Department.


Christopher Hughes

Hughes currently serves as the police chief for the city of Brodhead.

He began his career in law enforcement as a community service officer with the Appleton Police Department in 1990 before becoming a sworn officer in 1995 with the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office.

Hughes has also served as the interim police chief for the city of Manawa and the chief of police for the city of Marion and the village of Cottage Grove.

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