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Assistant Police Chief is retiring
Boscobel Police

BOSCOBEL - Boscobel Police Department’s second in command is retiring from law enforcement and will resign from the force as of April 25.

Assistant Chief Kevin Copus submitted his resignation to the City Council, which voted unanimously to accept it at its January 16 meeting. Copus has served 31 years in law enforcement, according to Chief Jaden McCullick, 22 years of which was in Boscobel.

The council’s Personnel Committee will meet on January 30 at 5 p.m. to discuss his replacement.

Squad purchase proposed

Chief McCullick also told the council he planned to move forward with the purchase of a new squad, which had been budgeted for in the 2023 budget.

“We had planned for this year to replace one of our squad cars, and we might have to get going with that, because it’s taking forever to get them right now. I was told yesterday that all the 2022 [models] are already gone.”

The board gave its unanimous approval to begin the bidding process.

Judicial candidate visits

Jennifer Day, who is seeking a term as a judge for Grant County Court, addressed the council to introduce herself and her candidacy. She is one of three candidates running to replace Judge Robert Van De Hey, who recently announced his candidacy.

The spring primary takes place on February 21, and polling will occur at the Blaine Gym. Day faces off against Lisa A. Riniker, who serves as Grant County’s District Attorney, and Jeffrey W. Erickson, an attorney in private practice based in Lancaster.

Day told the council what differentiates her candidacy is that she is the only one of the three with experience as a sitting judge. She served as district court judge for Jefferson County, as well as a court commissioner in that county. Prior to serving in Jefferson County, Day had 14 years of private practice and one year as municipal court judge in Fort Atkinson.

“That’s my expertise,” she said. “That’s what I’m hoping people will look at when you decide who you’re going to vote for.”

Day is married to sitting Grant County Judge Craig Day, and she addressed that unusual circumstance before the council:

“I would just like to assure people that we believe in judicial independence. We believe that each of us does our own thing. We don’t think alike all the time. We do get along really well, so I don’t think you’re going to hear any fights in the courthouse,” she said.

Other business

In other business, the council approved:

• Use of various portions of Kronshage Park during the July 3 “Farmer’s Day” celebrations in conjunction with Boscobel’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

• Alcohol sales licenses for Jaswinder Singh Toor and Sukhwinder Kaun, the new owners of Boscobel’s BP on Elm Street.