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Retired deputy chief becomes new West Allis police chief

Feb. 13, 2013

The West Allis Police and Fire Commission on Tuesday named retired West Allis deputy police chief Patrick "Rick" Balistrieri as the new chief of police to succeed Michael Jungbluth, who retired at the end of 2012.

"The field of candidates was outstanding," Joseph Kempen, commission president, said in a press release announcing the commission's decision.

"And we wish to express our gratitude to all the fine candidates that were a part of this selection process," he said.

Balistrieri retired from the department more than a year ago.

In Jungbluth's absence, Charles Padgett, who had been deputy chief in charge of operations, has been serving as interim police chief. Padgett and Balistrieri were the top two candidates remaining for the job.

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