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Capt. Kehl named Delafield police chief

 City of Delafield - The Common Council is expected to establish the salary for newly appointed Police Chief Erik Kehl during a closed session Monday night.

The city's Police Commission appointed Kehl to replace retiring Chief Scott Taubel who will be stepping down in February after serving 34 years on the city police department, according Ald. Jeff Krickhahn.

Krickhahn is the Common Council representative on the police commission which by state law and city code is responsible for the hiring and discipline of the police chief. However, the Common Council has the final say over hiring the police chief by setting the salary for the position.

Krickhahn said Capt. Kehl was selected by the commission because Taubel was "very, very confident" in Kehl's abilities to be the city police chief. Krickhahn said Taubel has been preparing Kehl for the position. 

"He also more than meets all of the educational and professional requirements to qualify him for the position," Krickhahn said.

Promoting Kehl from captain to chief is also in accordance with a city policy of promoting from within city departments when every there is a city employee who is qualified to assume a higher position, Krickhahn added.

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