Chief Ronald J. Tischer will step down as the city of La Crosse Police Department chief to assume command of the Payson Police Department in Arizona effective July 29, according to a press release.
Tischer, who has served as the city of La Crosse Police Department’s chief since 2012 and has about 25 years of law enforcement experience in Wisconsin, will replace Payson’s retiring police chief, Donald Engler.
Engler’s last day will be July 26, said LaRon Garrett, town manager of the town of Payson.
A spokesperson from the La Crosse mayor’s office said the city does not have an official statement and has not received a letter of resignation from Tischer.
The La Crosse Police Department also said it’s unable to provide a statement at this time.
In 2012, Tischer, who dubbed La Crosse his “forever home,” said La Crosse County wasn’t tough enough on drug dealers and would advocate for more accountability and harsher penalties.
The New Berlin, Wis., native sought a mechanical-engineering degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1983 and then enrolled in criminal justice classes at Waukesha County Technical College in 1994.
He was hired by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department halfway through the police recruit academy and quickly accepted a job offer from the River Hills Police Department as a patrol officer in Milwaukee.
Immediately before coming to La Crosse, Tischer commanded patrol officers and a technical unit in Waukesha, Wis.