Portage welcomes new Police Chief Klafke

City of Portage Press Release from Tom Drury, Police & Fire Commission President and Mayor Rick Dodd

Date: November 6, 2019

RE: Selection of Chief of Police

On behalf of the City of Portage and the Police and Fire Commission (PFC) we have the privilege of announcing the selection of Keith Klafke as Portage’s next Police Chief. Klafke was chosen as the successor to current Police Chief Ken Manthey who has held the position for the past 18 years. Chief Manthey has announced he will be retiring January 30, 2020. Klafke will assume his new role at that time.

Klafke has been a member of the Portage Police Department since 2001. He has held the positions of police officer, sergeant, administrative lieutenant and currently serves as the assistant chief.

The PFC said “Klafke was chosen from among a group of very qualified candidates. The selection process included a series of interviews with the PFC, a panel of area police chiefs and local officials.” After an extensive selection and review process we determined that Assistant Chief Klafke met all the requirements and qualifications for the position of Police Chief. He has a clear vision for the future of the Department and building on Chief Manthey’s legacy. He is strongly committed to community based policing and to the members of the Portage Police Department that he will have the privilege to lead.

We wish current Chief Manthey the best in his upcoming retirement. We also wish incoming Chief Klafke all the best in his new position.

PFC President Tom Drury and Mayor Rick Dodd.

Brad Conrad
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