HAZEL GREEN—The Hazel Green Village Board decided to promote from within for the police chief position, choosing full-time officer Jim Monahan for the role.
Monahan, who has been with the Hazel Green Police Department since June 2008, has been acting chief following the resignation of former chief Brian Klein. The position of police chief was made official for Monahan on Nov. 20.
“I cannot express how blessed I am to have this opportunity and of how thankful I am to this great community of Hazel Green,” Monahan said.
Monahan, a Cuba City native, graduated from Southwest Technical College with an associates degree in criminal justice. He also completed the Police Academy there. In 2007, while in school, he was hired by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department as a special events deputy, a role which he continues to serve.
“I find law enforcement challenging, yet rewarding at times,” Monahan said. “I am thankful for the sheriff’s department and the village of Hazel Green for giving me the opportunities they have. I look forward to challenging myself to do better working with the community and the county to solve issues and problems as they arise.”
Monahan and his wife have two children.
At an upcoming meeting the village board will look at hiring a full-time officer to replace Monahan.
Monahan will supervise the full and part-time officers. He will be making $20 an hour, slightly less than the $21.25 Klein was at before resigning after one year as chief and seven years as an officer with the Hazel Green Police Department.