20 Year Club

The Port Washington, Wisconsin Police Department has a tradition of hiring the best of the best at all entry level positions. Several of these employees have served 20 or more years. The members of our 20 Year Club clearly reflects those that have served our community with commitment, honor and character for 20 or more years of service.

Chief Edward Rudolph Chief Edward A. Rudolph
41 years
05-27-63 to 12-31-04
Promoted to rank of Sergeant on 01-01-67
Appointed Chief of Police on 08-12-69
Ed and his wife Karen reside in Port Washington.
Sgt. Don Laubenstein Sgt. Don Laubenstein
32 years
03-23-64 to 06-01-96
Promoted to rank of Sergeant on 10-16-69
Since retirement, Don has worked part-time for Columbia St. Mary's Hospital teaching C.P.R., A.E.D. (Automated External Defibrillation), First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens through the American Heart Association. He teaches mainly businesses, industry, schools, churches and emergency personnel. Don and his wife Ginny reside in Port Washington.
Officer Ronald Kridler Officer Ronald Kridler
32 years
06-14-76 to 08-20-08
Ron is very active in the Civil Air Patrol where he serves as a Major. Ron lives in Port Washington.
 
Sgt. Donald Theisen Sgt. Donald Theisen
30 years
09-20-65 to 06-01-96
Promoted to rank of Sergeant on 10-16-69
Don and his wife Nancy are enjoying their retirement. They spend the winter months in Green Valley, Arizona where they have a home on a golf course and have met a lot of great people. Don and Nancy enjoy traveling and golfing and returning to Wisconsin when it warms up.
Dispatcher Margaret Prom Dispatcher Margaret Prom
28 years
02-01-75 to 03-31-03
Margaret and her husband Mel reside in Port Washington and enjoy spending time with their family. Margaret works part-time as the Secretary to the Fire Chief at the Port Washington Fire Department.
 
Dispatcher Bonnie Meyer Dispatcher Bonnie Meyer
28 years
07-02-79 to 07-04-07
Bonnie retired and started her own web and graphic design business and also is employed with the City of Port Washington at City Hall. She currently resides in Port Washington.
 
Sgt. Richard Maher Sgt. Richard Maher
27 years
09-01-69 to 08-28-97
Promoted to rank of Sergeant in 1980
Dick and his wife Donna reside in Grafton. Dick works for TransPort Taxi as a dispatcher. Dick and Donna are enjoying time with their family and being grandparents.
Officer Allen Esselmann Officer Allen Esselmann
27 years
11-01-71 to 04-02-99
Appointed School Resource Officer in 1996
Al and his wife, Peggy Bannon, spent their retirement living between Port Washington and Florida until Peggy's death in 2006. Al continues to live in Port Washington and Florida, enjoys golfing and works part-time at a golf course.
Chief Otto Blumenberg Chief Otto Blumenberg
26 years
11-01-35 to 06-04-62
Appointed Chief of Police on 07-01-45
 
Officer Lynn Robinson Officer Lynn Robinson
26 years
01-23-67 to 01-31-93
Promoted to rank of Sergeant in 1982
Lynn and his wife Evelyn reside in Port Washington.
Officer Harlan Haas Officer Harlan Haas
26 years
04-01-70 to 06-01-96
Harlan and his wife Judy reside in Port Washington.
 
Officer Margaret Bannon Officer Margaret Bannon
26 years
04-14-75 to 07-01-01
Peggy and her husband, Al Esselmann, spent their retirement living between Port Washington and Florida. After retirement, Peggy enjoyed time with her family and traveling. Sadly, Peg passed away in May of 2006.
 
Officer Edward Bartelt Officer Edward Bartelt
23 years
05-06-44 to 06-15-67
 
 
Assistant Chief Frank Bay Assistant Chief Frank Bay
22 years
09-01-28 to 02-01-1951
Promoted to rank of Assistant Police Chief
 
Capt. Michael Keller Capt. Michael Keller
06-14-77 to Present
Promoted to rank of Sergeant on 12-01-82
Promoted to rank of Captain on 09-13-93
Assigned Acting Chief of Police from 09-20-04 to 08-29-05
Appointed to Captain of Administration on 01-01-12
Mike, his wife Lize and their two children reside in Port Washington.
Lt. Kevin Hingiss Lt. Kevin Hingiss
03-13-1984 to Present
Promoted to rank of Sergeant on 08-01-94
Promoted to rank of Lieutenant on 04-19-07
Appointed as Chief of Police on 01-01-12
Kevin resides in Port Washington with his wife Jenny and their two children.
Lt. Thomas Barbuch Lt. Thomas Barbuch
03-02-87 to Present
Promoted to rank of Sergeant on 02-27-97
Promoted to rank of Lieutenant on 04-19-07
Tom, his wife Mary Beth and family live in Port Washington.
Officer Eric Schmeling Officer Eric Schmeling
01-04-88 to Present
Eric, his wife Kris and family live in Grafton.
 
Officer Craig Czarnecki Lt. Craig Czarnecki
03-22-91 to Present
Promoted to rank of Lieutenant in 2012
Craig, his wife Carol and family live in Port Washington.
 
Capt. Mike Davel Capt. Michael Davel
09-10-93 to Present
Promoted to rank of Sergeant on 12-05-96
Promoted to rank of Lieutenant on 04-19-07
Promoted to rank of Captain of Operations on 01-01-12
Mike, his wife Arlie and family live in Port Washington.