Beloit police, fire hires approved

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Zac Bellman/Beloit Daily News (From left): Rich LeFeber, John Kaltenbrun, David Elrod, Christopher Hoefs, Jaimie Byrnes, Martin Delgado, Sam Fisher (kneeling), Darryl Thornton, Matthew Lee and City of Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski pose for a photo after having their respective promotions and hires confirmed by the Police and Fire Commission Monday.

BELOIT — The City of Beloit approved multiple personnel moves for the police and fire departments Monday.

At a special meeting of the Police and Fire Commission, Alex Crandall, Tyler Curtis and Bradley Nimz were approved as probationary firefighters and will join the City of Beloit Fire Department later this month. The new hires will bring the strength of the fire department to 61, according to Fire Chief Brad Liggett.

Several changes at the police department also were made including the hiring of Sam Fisher, Darryl Thornton, Martin Delgado, Jaimie Byrnes, Christopher Hoefs, Matthew Lee and Matthew Bouril as patrol officers.

Thornton, Delgado and Bouril will begin their police academy training at Blackhawk Technical College on Feb. 6. Fisher, Byrnes, Hoefs and Lee will be put into rotation after a Jan. 23 swearing-in ceremony, according to Police Chief David Zibolski.

The hiring of John Kaltenbrun as lieutenant of detectives also was approved by the Police and Fire Commission. Kaltenbrun is a 31-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, according to Zibolski, who worked for the same department prior to coming to Beloit.

The hires bring the staff of the Beloit Police Department to 72 officers, according to Zibolski. The department is funded for 73 officers.

"This is as close as we have been to full staff during my tenure," Zibolski said. "This is going to put accountability in middle management and street supervision will actually be on the street."

Two current officers were also promoted in moves confirmed Monday. Sgt. Rich LeFeber was promoted to lieutenant of patrol, and Patrol Officer David Elrod was promoted to patrol sergeant.

The moves were part of an organizational restructure as outlined in the 2017 adopted budget for the city.

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