Sparta to hire first female police chief

It will be a first for the Sparta Police Department.

The Police and Fire Commission approved Deputy Chief Emilee Nottestad to fill the position of Sparta police chief.

She will be the first woman to hold the position.

The recommendation now moves to the Finance Committee and City Council for confirmation, according to current Chief Dave Kuderer.

Nottestad has been with the department since 2015, when she joined as a lieutenant before being promoted to deputy chief.

She’ll take over for Chief Kuderer who is set to retire in early January.

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