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UPDATE: Koval is new Madison Police Chief

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MADISON (WKOW) --  The Madison Police Department has a new chief.  At a meeting Friday evening, the Police and Fire Commission selected Sergeant Michael Koval as the next Chief of police.

Chief Koval was the Sergeant in charge of personnel and training. He beat out the other finalist, Captain Carl Gloede.

The decision came after months of deliberation by the Police and Fire Commission, who unanimously selected Koval  to lead the department. He accepted the position wearing his patrol uniform.

“I wear the uniform of patrol services,” Chief Koval said. “That’s the essence of which I came from, those are the embodiments of the recruits that I train and they are nearly 3/4 of the contacts made between police and citizens.”

Koval was a finalist for the chief job back in 2004 and says he’s grateful to have the opportunity to lead his fellow officers.

“The Madison Police Department has been my second family for 30 years,” Koval said. “My priorities are my faith, my family and now my extended family has been the Madison Police Department. I have no hobby interests, probably not healthy but MPD has been that hobby interest for me.”

As Chief, Koval wants to change the public’s perception of policing. He says an officer committed to community service is a first responder…a mediator…and does more than just enforce laws. He says officers are not warriors but rather guardians.

“ Guardians creates the connotations that I would rather our public view us in in the sense that we are there as a shepard over the sheep to guard them physically, defensively and from the standpoint of their legal rights,” Koval said.

One of the Chief’s first tasks will be to interview candidates for the fall academy but Friday night, the new Chief spent on the streets.

“ I’m going to ride patrol tonight and touch base with the troops.”

The Chief is actually headed on a pre-planned vacation, but he will be back at it, interviewing academy applicants on April 21. Chief Koval replaces Noble Wray, who is now the interim President for the Urban League of Greater Madison.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison's Police and Fire Commission (PFC) has tapped Sgt. Mike Koval to be the department's next Chief of Police at tonight's PFC meeting.

The commission met in closed session for around 15 minutes to consider the hire before coming back and making the announcement.

Sgt. Koval currently leads the department's recruiting and training efforts, and he was a finalist for the job in 2004.

The police department had been searching for a replacement for former chief Noble Wray since his retirement last year. Assistant Chief Randy Gaber was serving as the interim chief during the search for Wray's successor.

Koval was also a final candidate for the police chief position in 2004, when Noble Wray was selected as chief.

The other finalist was Cpt. Carl Gloede. The Police and Fire Commission identified the two finalists back on March 18th.

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