The former West Salem police chief will take the top job at the Onalaska Police Department in late August.

The Onalaska Police and Fire Commission announced Monday that Charles Ashbeck has accepted the position of police chief after 12 years in West Salem. He will take over for Troy Miller, who asked to return to his former position as assistant police chief earlier this year.

Ashbeck previously served 11 years as a police sergeant at the Racine Police Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in behavior science and law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has completed the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety and has completed the FBI National Academy.

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Miller requested the demotion in April, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

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