One of the city of Waupaca’s top cops is calling it a career. Lieutenant Geoff Johnson has announced his upcoming retirement January 4th. The city’s Police and Fire Commission accepted the retirement announcement last night. Johnson spent his entire 29-year law enforcement career in Waupaca, joining the force in September of 1989, and serving as lieutenant for the past 13 years. Chief Brian Hoelzel intends to restructure the department with Johnson’s retirement, replacing the lieutenant’s position with the position of captain. That job will be posted in January.
The Police Department is also in the process of getting new body cameras from Axon Company, formerly “Taser” company. Chief Hoelzel says they’ve had problems with their current cameras breaking down. The cost for the new cameras is just under 12-thousand dollars in the first year to outfit every officer. Money if available for the new cameras from funds not used for squad maintenance, according to the chief.