Chief William J. Rutten

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William Rutten has been the Chief of the Kohler Police Department since 2001. He was hired as the Lieutenant in 1999. Chief Rutten began his career in 1988 with the West Bend Police Department as a Patrol Officer, K-9 Handler, Field Training Officer, and Patrol Sergeant prior to his service with the Village of Kohler.

In addition to being the Chief of Police, Chief Rutten is also the Emergency Management Director for the Village of Kohler.

Chief Rutten has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, as well as a Bachelors Degree for Criminal Justice and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Chief Rutten has also graduated from the FBI National Academy, Quantico VA. This training is for police executives that are selected and sponsored by the FBI for advanced administrative/leadership training. Chief Rutten also has advanced training in the medical field as a First Responder, and Emergency Management training in response to critical incidents. As the Chief of the Kohler Police Department, the Kohler Police has focused on Community Oriented Policing/Problem Solving Policing. The department has expanded its role at the local school with the School Resource Officer Program. The Kohler Police Department works closely with other area law enforcement, especially the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department that provides dispatching services for most of Sheboygan County’s law enforcement.

In his spare time, Chief Rutten likes to spend time with his family as well as devoting his time to the Kohler Police Athletic League as one of the Board of Directors. The KPAL is a non-profit organizations that is focused on supporting the community of Kohler by donations for needs and scholarships to students.

Chief Rutten is also a member of the Sheboygan County Meg Unit oversight committee, Sheboygan County Traffic Safety Commission, President of the Lakeshore Technical College Police Science Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the Wisconsin Chief’s of Police Association. Chief Rutten has served as a mentor for other Chief's of Police within the State of Wisconsin.