Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
City administration, pp. 213-219 PDF (1.8 MB)
A HISTORY OF NEENAH Police Department WHENEVER a community is formed, such is the way of human beings that law enforcement must be considered among their first thoughts of city administration. Neenah was no exception-the charter of Neenah in 1873 provided for a Chief of Police at a yearly salary not to exceed $7oo. The Chief was appointed for a term of one year. Follow- ing is a roster of Chiefs of Police of the City of Neenah: James McGinn 1878 Peter D. Kraby 1898 Thomas Sherry 1879-I881 Charles H. Watts 1899-1900 Ephraim Giddings 1882 James W. Brown 1901-1905 George W. Sawyer 1883-1887 Charles Blank I9O6- 1907 A. F. Haertl I888 James W. Brown 1908-1910 George W. Sawyer 1889 James W. Brown 191 O-916 George F. Thompson 189o-I891 (first appointed under newly-formed George N. Jorgensen 1892-1893 Commission) John Peterson 1894-1895 Charles H. Watts 1916-1940 Charles H. Watts 1896-1897 Irving Stilp 1940- In I909, through the efforts of Dr. James R. Barnett, Sr., a citizen of Neenah, then a member of the state assembly, a law creating Police and Fire Commissions in fourth class cities was passed by the state legislature. In conformity with this law, Mayor J. N. Stone appointed the first commission, consisting of Thomas Kelly, President; George A. Jagerson, Peter J. Ladd, Harry Ballou, Louis Swane, and James P. Keating, Secretary and Examiner of the Board. This commission appointed James W. Brown as Chief of Police on June 27, I91o. Mr. Brown continued until March, 1916. The first force comprised three members, one of whom was Harry Holverson, who served for thirty years, until his retirement. Henry Bando. Henry Burr, Ben LeRoy and Peter Carlson, an ex-sheriff, were also early members of the force. On May i8, 1916, Charles H. Watts was appointed Chief of Police, holding this office until June I, 1940. Upon his retirement, Irving Stilp was appointed Chief, which office he holds to the present date. From a simple system of the policeman on the corner, to a complex system of nationwide communication, our law enforcement depart- ment has kept pace, in spite of shockingly inadequate space and facili- ties. 218
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