Lieutenant, Winneconne Police Department
What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?
Pick n Save: 1992-bagging groceries.
What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?
Fox Valley Tech and University of Phoenix Police Science-FVTC and Management at UOP.
What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?
All the police science core classes at FVTC. Conflict resolution, organization, ethics, diversity, and team dynamics from UOP.
Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?
You never work if you love you job.
What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?
In the police field, get a CSO (Community Service Officer) job and start to get to the know officers. It can be a huge game changer in getting hired somewhere. The officers get to know the CSO and if the CSO does a good job, it can make a break a person in the hiring process.
What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).
1: Don’t have a bad record.
2: Never be late for an interview
3: Don’t look unprofessional.
4: Don’t have a big head, i.e. don’t be cocky.
5: Never be a “know it all” and argue.
Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?
Working for a local government can be a rewarding job. Good benefits and a strong sense of community.
When one works for a local government for a period of time, he or she will develop a sense of loyalty for the community because he or she will have more of an investment into making sure the community is doing well.
Thus, one should work better when one develops that loyalty and commitment for said agency/local government.
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I’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, and skee-ball.