Police Department brings back captain’s post

Rabideau will move into the job in January
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BRAD RABIDEAU

Nearly three years after eliminating the position, the Shawano Police Department is bringing back the post of police captain in the first significant command structure change under new Police Chief Dan Mauel.

Mauel said the position, which serves as second in command at the department, is being restored in the interest of efficiency and accountability.

Duties will include all of the responsibilities that currently fall to the administrative lieutenant, Mauel said, but will also include supervising the lieutenants.

“We are not adding a new position, just a new classification,” Mauel said.

The new command structure will include the chief, captain and two lieutenants instead of three, though one of those positions is currently vacant.

“We are planning to promote another lieutenant from our patrol staff by the end of October,” Mauel said. “We are presently at full staff with 20 sworn positions.”

The captain reports directly to the chief and tends to the daily operations of patrol, clerical and other civilian staff.

Lt. Brad Rabideau was appointed to the position last week by the Police and Fire Commission, effective Jan. 1.

The annual salary is $76,856. Rabideau’s present salary is $73,736.

“Brad was selected for the position because the PFC felt he was the best candidate,” Mauel said.

Rabideau is an 18-year veteran and has had many different roles over the years, the last 10 as a lieutenant. He is a former K-9 handler and has been a department instructor for many years.

Rabideau is presently field training supervisor and lead instructor for the department.

“Brad has extensive command and leadership training including the Wisconsin Command College where he earned his Public Manager Certificate through UW-Madison,” Mauel said. “I congratulate Brad and look forward to working with him in his new role.”

The captain’s post was left unfilled after the retirement of Jeff Heffernon in November 2014.