Editor's Note: This article was updated at 9 p.m. Thursday with comments from Capt. Ron Tischer.
Capt. Ron Tischer’s new position as the La Crosse police chief is fulfilling a career-long dream.
“I always aspired to be a police chief,” Tischer said. “It was a goal I set when I started my law enforcement career.”
That dream was realized Thursday when the La Crosse Police and Fire Commission named him the next chief of the college town. Tischer’s still working out the details for a start date, but it will be a quick transition with Tischer being in La Crosse sometime between late September and early October.
The La Crosse Tribune wrote Thursday that Tischer was the La Crosse Police and Fire Commission’s pick and had accepted the job offer.
But despite having to move across the state after spending 16 years in Waukesha, Tischer said he’s looking forward to running his own police department and getting to know all of the officers in La Crosse.
“It should be a new challenge,” Tischer said. “La Crosse has a lot of the same problems that Waukesha has, so it wont be a huge change form the law enforcement side.”
Tischer, who is originally from New Berlin, began his career at the Waukesha Police Department in August 1996 after spending two years as a police officer in River Hills. He said he’ll miss the people he works with as he leaves Waukesha.
“I have a lot of good friend here,” Tischer said. “I think we did a lot of good work to make this city safer.”