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Brodhead Police Chief Hughes to retire
Chris Hughes, Brodhead Police Chief

BRODHEAD — A nearly 30-year law enforcement veteran, Brodhead Police Chief Chris Hughes, is retiring after about 7 years of leading the town’s force.

The news came in the form of a weekend social media post by Brodhead Mayor Casey Jones. The Brodhead Village Board was informed of the chief’s decision in a closed-session meeting in late November, he said, adding that they also agreed on the chief’s final compensation package.

The retiring chief provided plenty of advanced notice to town officials of his intentions to end his career in Brodhead.

“Chief Hughes has afforded us the thoughtful consideration of giving us enough notice to prepare for the important task of a smooth and seamless transfer of leadership in the department,” Jones wrote in the Facebook post.  “His willingness to help out in the transfer will ensure the continuity and quality police services remain intact for the citizens of Brodhead.”

Attempts to reach Hughes and Jones were unsuccessful as of press time Monday.

“As a mayor and on behalf of City Council, I would like to thank Chief Hughes for his passion and efforts in keeping Brodhead a safe place to live,” Jones wrote.

Out of a pool of about 12 initial applicants, Hughes was chosen for the chief’s job by a six-member ad hoc committee in 2015. He took over for Chief Thomas Moczynksi, who left that department to took a take deputy chief position at the Green County Sheriff’s Department.

Before coming to Brodhead, Hughes had previous chief’s duties, having served as the former police chief of town of Cottage Grove.