Clinton police chief to retire in January

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CLINTON - With Police Chief David Hooker retiring on Jan. 2, the village will be hosting a public forum to allow members of the Clinton community an opportunity to meet the two finalist candidates for the police chief position, according to information from Village Administrator Dan Risse.

The forum is set for 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 312 Church St.

Candidate Joseph Hallman is the current Chief of Police for the University of Wisconsin at Platteville Police Department. Hallman had served with the Marengo, Illinois Police Department for over 27 years retiring as chief of police.

Candidate Michael Schultz is the current Deputy Chief of Detectives for the Winnebago (Illinois) County Sheriff's Department. Schultz has served with the sheriff's department for more than 30 years.

At the forum, the public will have an opportunity to submit written questions to the moderator, with the candidates answering them.

Hooker said his last day on the job will be Jan. 2. He is saying 'goodbye' to law enforcement after an enjoyable 32-year career.

Hooker started his career in the Milton Police Department as a police officer, and served as the Madison Area Technical College Director of Campus Public Safety before starting in Clinton in 2007. He's been chief in Clinton for the past six years.

The department employs four full-time and four part-time staff members.

Hooker also had a three-year stint as village administrator starting in 2016.

In an interview Friday, Hooker said he and his wife plan to move to Missouri to be closer to family.

He will always miss Clinton.

"I got the opportunity to work with one of the best communities. I enjoyed the small town atmosphere and enjoyed doing the Shop with a Hero event with the kids," he said.

Hooker also was planning another debut in the lighted parade Friday night and a retirement party hosted by his wife on Saturday.

"It's been a great career, and if I had to do it over, I would still be a police officer. I've enjoyed my job for 32 years," Hooker said.

After Hooker left his post as Village Administrator, the village board appointed Dan Risse as an administrator Oct. 14. The position is part-time.

Risse has lived in Clinton for 25 years and served as a municipal judge for nine years.

He retired from the Beloit Police Department on March 18 after more than 30 years of service.

Risse said his new position will enable him to help improve the community.

"There will be an opportunity for a new police chief, and I wanted a voice in how the process was handled," Risse said. "A new police chief for a community our size is a big hire."

Risse noted the Clinton Fire District is also looking for a fire chief, and Clinton continues to look at economic development opportunities.

Risse said he's excited about Amazon coming to the area.

The village's economic development committee recently met with City of Beloit Economic Development Director Andrew Janke about different opportunities available to Clinton, he said.

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