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Janesville Deputy Chief Retires; Promotions Announced

Janesville’s deputy police chief retired yesterday after 32 years of service. John Olsen served as a member of the department since 1988, where he served in a variety of roles, including SWAT, until 1998, when he became a detective. After various promotions through the years, Olsen has served as deputy chief since 2010. Olsen has also attended the FBI National Academy, and has an associates degree in police science and bachelor’s degree in public administration. Deputy Chief Olsen says he is optimistic about the future of policing in Janesville, and says Janesville has been a great place to work because of the overwhelming community support. The Janesville Police Department has announced as a result a new deputy chief of police. Lieutenant Todd Kleisner will replace Olsen in the role as of today. Kleisner is a 29-year veteran of the JPD and has a Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Platteville. Joshua Norem will be promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant. Norem is a 15-year veteran of JPD. Mark Ratzlaff was also promoted to the lieutenant ranks. Ratzlaff has been with JPD fo 23 years. Additionally, 20-year veteran Glen Hageman and 14-year veteran Drew Severson were promoted to sergeants. A promotion ceremony will be held at the Janesville Police Department on Thursday.

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