PdC Police promote new sergeant, lieutenant resigns

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Tara Henry’s parents pinned her new sergeant badge on after she was promoted to the position.

By Correne Martin

A new sergeant has taken her position at the Prairie du Chien Police Department, while some other shuffling has happened within the department, including two key resignations. 

Tara Henry, who has worked for the department for over 10 years, was officially promoted to sergeant March 6, based on the approval of the city’s police and fire commission. 

The commission also accepted, at the same meeting, the resignations of Lieutenant Terry Sprosty and Officer Tony Berg. Sprosty, whose last day will be March 19, has dedicated over 20 years of his career toward serving the Prairie du Chien community. 

“The loss of Lieutenant Sprosty cannot be understated. He has dedicated his life to this community,” Chief Kyle Teynor said. “We wish him all the best in any of his future endeavors. 

Officer Berg’s last day was Feb. 24. The process for filling Berg’s vacancy is finished. Thus, two new officers have been hired to fill his position as well as the spot created when Chad Abram vacated the chief’s position, and Teynor, the former sergeant, was chosen as chief.

Effective March 7, a full-time officer position was offered to Travis Strnad. On March 9, a second full-time position was offered to Gunner Pitzer.

Henry was promoted through a process that included three other employees, according to Teynor. The process is defined by the collective bargaining agreement and includes: a written test; an interview with a panel made up of three people from outside of the county including one chief of police, one line level police officer and one citizen at large; and an average of her previous two employee reviews. Tara ranked first overall and thus was promoted. 

“This process is defined by the collective bargaining agreement to keep the process fair and is a successful approach to remove any doubt of favoritism,” Teynor said. “In comparison to other agencies, our process is very fair and transparent.”

The lieutenant vacancy is hoped to be filled swiftly. Resumes and letters of interest were received March 6 by the police and fire commission. Three internal candidates and one external candidate will be interviewing for that position on March 20. 

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