Police & Fire Commission


  • On an as needed basis
  • Next Meeting: April 6, 2021, 6:30PM, virtual via Zoom. Link to agenda here.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Committee Members

  • Steve Brezinski, President
  • Joe Fontaine, Citizen Member
  • Jeffrey Simmons, Citizen Member
  • Tom Stolper, Citizen Member, Secretary
  • Ann Tieman, Citizen Member

Staff Support
  • Sara Deuman, Interim Chief of Police
  • Jerry McMullen, Fire Chief/EMS Director
  • Bryan Gadow, City Administrator
Responsibilities & Services

The Police and Fire Commission has jurisdiction with regard to the hiring, firing, disciplining, or promotion of personnel in the Police and Fire departments.

Police Chief Search 2021

The Monona Police and Fire Commission (PFC), a five person citizen committee created under state law, is responsible for the recruitment and appointment of a new Monona Police Chief, following the retirement of former Chief Walter Ostrenga. To assist with this recruitment, the City hired the recruitment consulting firm, GovHR USA. A copy of the position brochure is here. The application period for the position closed on February 22, 2021. A total of 24 applications were received.

The PFC understand the importance of this decision for the community, and invited community stakeholders to provide initial input on the key characteristics, traits, and other items that would help determine those applicants that are best qualified and the best "fit" for the position and community. GovHR assisted with the creation of an online survey for community feedback, which closed February 19, 2021.

A copy of the community survey results is here.

The PFC, GovHR, and the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership also hosted a community listening session to receive input and feedback on qualities for the new Police Chief on February 9, 2021.

A recording of the February 9th community listening session is here.

Next Steps:
The PFC is currently reviewing the received applications. Once the PFC selects finalists candidates for interviews, the names of those finalists will be made public. In addition, the PFC, GovHR, and the Nehemiah Center will also develop an additional event for community members to provide public input on the finalists candidates. More information on this community input session will be provided as soon as it is available, after the finalist candidates are determined. 

If you have comments you would like to share with the members of the PFC regarding the recruitment of the new Chief, you may submit them on this form.  All members of the Commission will receive your comments.