Ron Buerger of Waukesha is replacing David Beguhn as City of Oconomowoc Police Chief. Having been with the department since 1994, he’s certainly well prepared for his new role. Buerger’s career began on the Prince William County Police Department in Virginia, south of Washington D.C. After moving back to Wisconsin, he joined the Oconomowoc Police Department.
We caught up with him to see what drives him outside of the station.
1. My family. My two daughters, Rachel and Liz, and my girlfriend, Trish, mean everything to me. As a widow, my girlfriend has filled a huge void in my life. My girls and I are extremely close, and that will never change. They bring me great pride and happiness.
2. Memories. Around the time when my wife died, I lost my parents and an uncle who inspired me to get into law enforcement. I think about all of them constantly and cherish the memories of all the good times that we had.
3. My Golf Clubs. If I'm not at work, I'm always trying to get on a golf course. Locally, I enjoy Broadlands Golf Course and try to get a few rounds in anytime I’m in Florida. I’m not the best golfer, but I love the camaraderie that comes with hitting the links with my friends.
4. My workshop. I like to spend long winter days and nights woodworking. Working all day in front of a computer, I prefer to be away from screens when I'm at home. I love home remodeling and building all kinds of furniture. Right now, I’m working on a boat shaped bookcase.
5. Anywhere warm. I am not a fan of Wisconsin winters, so I travel to Florida once a year and Cozumel every few years.