The Newell City Council unanimously removed the interim tag from Police Chief Wayne Westergaard's title last week, promoting the six-month veteran to become the third person to head up the town's police department in less than one year.
Westergaard had been assuming the duties of police chief since the middle of July, when former chief Michael Belmarez resigned after the City Council voted to remove him from his position earlier in the month. The new chief had worked as a police officer in Newell during the early 1980s, but had been out of law enforcement until March 4, when he and Andy Raveling both began their jobs as reserve officers on the Newell force.
Raveling, who received a promotion to Police Lieutenant, said he thinks Westergaard will be a good leader in the community and on the police staff, which includes four reserve officers.
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