New Police Chief named for Black River Falls

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WKBT) - The hiring committee for the city of Black River Falls has chosen a new Chief of Police.

Kelly B. Bakken is the new Chief of Police/Criminal Investigator for the City of Black River Falls Police Department, according to a release.

Bakken has been employed with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department since 2005 as a patrol officer (2005-2010), a detective (2010-2016), and most recently as a Captain (2016).

Bakken has 19 years of law enforcement experience. She served 2 years as Chief of Police for the Village of Merrillan, 4 years as a patrol officer and investigator for the City of Baldwin, and 3 years as a Deputy Sheriff Jail Officer with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department.

Bakken earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Upper Iowa University and her Associate Degree in Police Science from Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Kelly Bakken will begin her tenure on September 5, 2017 and one of her first tasks will be to hire a full-time patrol officer and additional part-time patrol officers for the department, according to the release.

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