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New Chief: Eau Claire Police Commission selects new police chief

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Matt Rokus

Eau Claire (WQOW) - We now know who will be taking over as the chief of police for the Eau Claire Police Department.

The decision was made on Thursday night, one week after a full day of interviews with the top three candidates.

In October, Gerald Staniszewski, who has spent the past six years as chief of police, announced he is retiring at the end of 2019. Staniszewski worked for the department for a total of 28 years.

The man who will take his spot is Matt Rokus.

Rokus, who is currently deputy chief, has spent the past 23 years with the Eau Claire Police Department. He will now lead the department of roughly 100 officers and other personnel.

"I am ready for this responsibility and the challenges that come with it," Rokus said.

Rokus beat out colleague Derek Thomas and Altoona Chief of Police Kelly Bakken for the job.

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