MAYVILLE — Jim Ketchem only has a few more days in the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office before he becomes the next police chief of Mayville.
The Mayville Common Council voted Wednesday to recommend a salary of $75,000 for Ketchem. He will serve a six-month probationary period with a review after the six months. He negotiated for three weeks of vacation to be prorated with his start date.
Ketchem has accepted the terms of the offer and his first day on the job will be Sept. 24, pending the results of his drug screen and physical.
“I’m excited for the opportunity (to lead) the Mayville Police Department and to work with the Mayville officers and citizens,” Ketchem said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help move the department forward.”
Ketchem has served in Dodge County law enforcement for more than two decades and currently ranks as lieutenant in the Sheriff's Office. He challenged Sheriff Dale Schmidt in the August Republican primary, but came up short with 45 percent of the vote after a contentious campaign.
Ketchem first served as a patrol deputy with the county in 1996 before working his way up to deputy, sergeant, and now lieutenant for six years. He was briefly the interim chief deputy in 2013.
He lives in Horicon with his wife, Carrie, and attends First Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. They have two grown daughters, Bethany and Jordan.
Mayville Lt. Ryan Toellner has been the interim chief since former chief Ryan Vossekuil left the department in July to become the chief in Jackson. Vossekuil’s salary was $73,400. He had served as a full-time officer since 2003. He was promoted to sergeant in 2012 and captain in 2015.
Vossekuil rejected Mayville’s original contract offer to him because it included a 12-month probationary period, which was waived in the final offer.
Vossekuil and the city are defendants in a lawsuit brought by a former officer alleging there was a violation of a confidentiality agreement related to the officer leaving the department.
Mayville Police Department leadership has been unsettled, with another former police chief stepping down before pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges related to misconduct in office.