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Watertown Police Chief Announces Retirement

Chief Robert Kaminski, a devoted figure in the Watertown Police Department, has officially announced his retirement, bringing a 32-year career to a close. Chief Kaminski, has served as the Chief of Police since October of 2018, has a remarkable journey within the department that spans from his beginnings as a Patrol Officer to the highest level of leadership. Chief Kaminski's extensive service record tells the story of his unwavering commitment to the Watertown community:

• 1991-1998: Patrol Officer

• 1998-2002: Field Training Officer

• 2002-2004: Patrol Sergeant

• 2004-2009: Investigations Sergeant

• 2009-2018: Captain of Police

• Oct. 2018 – Present: Chief of Police

Notable milestones in Chief Kaminski's career include his attendance at the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in 2007, where he gained invaluable insights into law enforcement leadership and techniques. He has also been a driving force in various law enforcement associations, having served as the Past President of the Jefferson County Chiefs and Sheriff Association, President of the Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association, and a proud member of both the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police and Wisconsin Police Executive Group.

Chief Kaminski expressed his sentiments on his retirement, saying, "I spent my entire career working for the City of Watertown, and have enjoyed every aspect of my time here. There have been many changes in the City and in the Department over 32 years. It's been exciting seeing all the changes along the way. I look forward to retirement and spending more time with family and friends."

Throughout his tenure, Chief Kaminski has been a symbol of dedication, leadership, and community service. His contributions to the Watertown Police Department and the broader community have left an indelible mark, and his retirement marks the end of an era.

“Chief Kaminski is not only the Chief of Police, but he is a foundational member of our city’s leadership team,” Mayor Emily McFarland said. “His commitment to his department, to our city team, to this community, and to his profession is not something you see every day; we will miss him tremendously,” McFarland said.

Chief Kaminski will retire at the end of 2023.