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Onalaska assistant police chief announces retirement two days after being put on leave

Onalaska assistant police chief announces retirement two days after being put on leave

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - Onalaska Assistant Police Chief Jeffery Cavender announced his retirement Friday from law enforcement and the Onalaska Police Department.

The city of Onalaska sent out a news release Friday that said the following:

Assistant Chief Jeffery Cavender has decided to retire from active law enforcement and the Onalaska Police Department effective April 15, 2019, after over 33 years of dedicated and decorated law enforcement service.  We wish him well in his future endeavors.

The retirement announcement comes just two days after Cavender was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation and after Onalaska's Fire Chief, Billy Hayes, was placed on paid administrative leave following an OWI arrest in Onalaska over the weekend.

News 8 did ask Mayor Chilsen if the two cases were related and after consulting with the city's legal department, Chilsen said he could not comment.

Cavender has been with the Onalaska Police Department since August of 2018. Before that, he was the police chief in Somerton, Arizona for a little more than a year. 

 

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