Police and Fire Commission

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The Police and Fire Commission consists of five citizens who are responsible for hiring Police and Fire chiefs, and approval of their subordinate appointments. They also review charges against and may discipline or dismiss the Police or Fire Chief or any subordinate.

Desirable Characteristics and Qualifications for Committee Members (per staff liaison)

  • Understanding of modern management practices and principles.
  • Understanding of modern human resources practices and principles.
  • Understanding of the needs of municipal public safety.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to analyze problems and apply sound judgement in developing solutions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships.
  • Strong ethics base built upon integrity, honesty, and respect.
Number of Members  5 Citizen Members

Timothy Lindau 

Paul Mair 

DuWayne Severson

Rhonda Suda

Larry Squire

Term of Office 5 years
Commencement of Term First Monday of May each year 
Appointment by Whom City Manager
Approval or Confirmation by No confirmation
Residency Requirements of Citizen Members  Council Policy 86 requires residency of members.
Duties and Responsibilities WI State Statute 62.13 and Janesville General Ordinance 2.44.010. Decide appointments, promotions, and disciplinary matters in Police and Fire Departments.
To What Authority Do They Report Highest Authority
When Meetings are Held As business may require
Who Calls Meetings Chairperson
Responsibility for Minutes Police and Fire Commission Secretary
CUSTODIAN OF MINUTES  Human Resources Director
Location of Filed Minutes Human Resources Office