Interim police chief named in Gillett

Keplinger will be joining the sheriff’s department

Warren Bluhm,

Jess Keplinger has been Gillett police chief since 2013. He's leaving to join the Oconto County Sheriff's Department. (Times Herald file photo)

The Gillett City Council moved Monday to appoint an interim police chief after the resignation of Jess Keplinger.

Keplinger submitted his two-week notice to Mayor James Beaton on Friday after accepting an offer to join the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department, Beaton said.

The council voted 6-0 to make Officer Kevin Schneider the interim police chief.

“Kevin is the more senior law officer. He’s obviously the most natural choice to be interim chief,” Beaton said. “What I talked with Jess about was I would like he and Kevin to work very closely over the next couple of weeks so that Kevin can get a handle on the administrative component of that job.”

Schneider did a good job of filling in recently when Keplinger took family leave after the birth of his child, Alderperson Nanette Mohr said.

Keplinger has been police chief in Gillett since May 2013, when he was hired after serving as Lena police chief.

The city’s Health, Protection and Licensing Committee plans to begin the process of replacing Keplinger when it meets at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Gillett City Hall, 150 N. McKenzie St.