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UPDATE: Marshfield names new police chief

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -- The Marshfield Police Department has a new leader, the Police and Fire Commission announced Tuesday.

Lt. Rick Gramza was named as the department's new police chief.

Gramza has been with the department for 17 years. He started as a patrol officer. He's also held the title of school liaison officer, SWAT officer, detective, and lieutenant before assuming his new role as chief.

The position became open after current Chief Gary Jepsen announced his retirement. Jepsen is retiring on May 15 after 32 years with the department. He's has served as the police chief for the past four years.

Gramza has worked with Jepsen for decades. He says he's learned a lot from him but is excited for this new chapter in his life.

"The main goal is to keep this community going strong, keeping it safe. It's also making sure that we're keeping our officers trained and they're developing to be tomorrow's leaders," said Gramza.

Gramza will be officially sworn in next month.

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