Chippewa Falls Police Department wants higher wages to attract more candidates

Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- The Chippewa Falls Police Department is still in need of more officers, and now the chief wants to bump up the salary to attract more candidates. 

Police Chief Matthew Kelm said it’s a competitive process to get candidates. 

Kelm previously told News 18 they have 23 officers on board, and are in need of four more. 

He said he thinks having a higher pay will bring in more candidates. 

"We’re in competition with all our local agencies as far as getting the best quality candidates and we want the best here in Chippewa Falls," Kelm said. "It’s good to take a look at what are officers being compensated in, and they’re compensating from packages with departments in our area or departments of comparable size and location to make sure that we’re being competitive so that we attract and retain those quality candidates."

Kelm said he’s not sure how much the salary would be with benefits, and we reached out to Chippewa Falls Treasurer Lynne Bauer and haven’t heard back yet. 

He said he’s not sure when a decision will be made about having four more officers, along with a salary increase 

He said its a process figuring everything out and doesn’t expect city council to make a final decision just yet. 

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