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Posted on: May 6, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Village Welcomes New Chief of Police


In addition to Day One introductions and orientations, the Oath of Office was conducted at the Village Board meeting on Monday, May 2. Chief Heather Wurth, formerly a Captain with the Milwaukee Police Department, brings over 28 years of law enforcement experience to Shorewood with a wide array of skills.

Over the course of her distinguished career, Chief Wurth served as Captain of Police in two Milwaukee Police districts, most recently in District 4 on Milwaukee's northwest side. Chief Wurth also worked in the Office of the Chief as the Intergovernmental Agency Liaison. Over the last several years of her career, various incidents occurred which eroded the public trust in the police to act justly, particularly with minorities and those who have a mental illness. She worked with numerous under-represented groups and helped to create an implementation plan for response to recommendations made jointly by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the community.

 Ms. Wurth firmly believes in community engagement by every level of a police department, including the chief. During her time as Captain in District 2, she wrote and instituted a community oriented policing program, working with faith based and medical organizations, as well as the community. The Shorewood Police Commission and Village team is energized with this recruitment and is excited to welcome Chief Wurth to Shorewood. Please welcome her when you see her around!

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