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New Green Bay Police Chief to Live Outside the City

New Green Bay Police Chief to Live Outside the City

By Deandra Corinthios. CREATED Feb 5, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI--    The Green Bay city council has approved an exemption to allow Tom Molitor to become the next police chief. The decision was made Tuesday night amid concerns over Molitor living outside city limits.

This wasn't an easy decision for the council to make. Deciding whether they should honor policy or go with the best man for the job. The aldermen ultimately decided Molitor is best candidate for the position and voted to allow the exemption.

There were lots of testimonials, all vouching for Tom Molitor's abilities and committment to the job. The only question was, is it right or fair to grant him the exception? Molitor lives about 20 miles away in the city of Abrahms.

Representatives from the Brown County district attorney's office, fellow policemen on the force and others pushed for Molitor saying he is the candidate most familiar with the city , morale at the police department has never been higher and he is only a short drive away in an emergency.

Molitor says he's relieved with the council's decision, and has big plans for the department.

"We're going to continue on the same course. Problem oriented policing, on a districting model, and we're headed fast in that direction and now we have to put it all together on all the shifts and all the officers," said Molitor.

Molitor says he doesn't want to move because he had retired and built his house in Abrams, and planned to live there for the rest of his life.

Some members of the city council are pushing for a review of the ordinance that requires city department heads to live within city limits.