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Lodi Police Chief Scott Klicko introduces his 5-year-old K9 partner to Nicole Bilzing and Calex Bilzing (leaving the scene), with Jenna Krueger, left and Mollie Krueger, right, at the National Night Out event in Lodi in August 2017.

LODI — Police Chief Scott Klicko is resigning to pursue other opportunities in law enforcement, according to a press release issued Friday by the city of Lodi.

His last day was Thursday, according to Julie A. Ostrander, Lodi's director of administration.

Klicko served as Lodi's chief of police for nearly four years. Klicko has been with the department since 2012 and served as a sergeant for four months before being promoted to chief.

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During his time as an officer, Klicko received the American Legion Law and Order Award. While a sergeant, he received the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Outstanding Support Award, as well as the Lodi Community Action Team Caring for Youth with Lodi Pride Award. As chief he was recognized by the Prevention and Response Columbia County coalition for his role in creating and supporting the organization.

During his tenure as chief he instituted the first K-9 unit for the Lodi Police Department. He also successfully completed the Leadership in Police Organizations course through the Wisconsin Department of Justice and International Association of Chiefs of Police and is slated to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-sponsored Command College in June, making him a certified public manager.

He was a founding member of the Columbia County Treatment Court and active member of the Lodi Community Action Team. He is married to Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Klicko.

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