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Jack sworn in as new Waukesha police chief

By Darryl Enriquez

Russell P. Jack, a proclaimed Minnesota Vikings fan, took an oath of office this morning to become Waukesha’s 13th chief of police.

Jack, 42, will earn $109,500 annually.

Jack rose above more than 50 other applicants, many from throughout the country, to become the top choice of the Police and Fire Commission, Mayor Larry Nelson said.

Jack, a striking figure in his new chief uniform, told hundreds of well wishers at his swearing in that serving as Waukesha police chief would be his final career move.

The oath was administered by the Waukesha City Clerk/Treasurer Thomas Neill.

Jack commented that his new office this morning was decorated with Green Bay Packer paraphernalia, which he interpreted as a good-hearted show of support for his becoming the new chief.

Jack said he saw no need for major changes within the department, which he said retired chief Les Sharrock had left “in very good shape.”

Ald. Terry Thieme, a  retired Waukesha police officer, said Jack’s popularity within the department can be traced to his work in training officers new law enforcement skills and participating in the training exercises, himself.

Below is Jack’s bio provided by the department:


University of Phoenix – Masters of Business Administration Program (2007 – Present)

University of Virginia – Masters Degree Program (2004)

Graduated from UW-Eau Claire in (1989)


Hired as a Police Officer on April 9, 1990.

Promoted to Sergeant of Police in August 1996.

Promoted to Lieutenant of Police in October 2000.

Promoted to Captain of Police in October 2007.

Appointment to Chief of Police on October 21, 2009.

Special assignments

Patrol Division Commander

Tactical Unit Commander

Department Training Coordinator

Carroll College Security Task Force

Library Security Task Force

Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Task Force

Department Trainer in numerous topics


FBI National Academy Graduate 2004, 217th Session

FBI National Academy Conference Pistol Match Chairman

Successfully coordinated the “Weekend in Waukesha” event

Staff Sergeant in the US Army Reserves


Loving wife (Chris)

Two sons (Derek, 14 and Aaron, 12)

Favorite hobby:  Deer and turkey hunting


Dedicated to leading the Waukesha Police Department to perform at an exceptional level to protect and serve the citizens of Waukesha.

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  1. Mike Crowley says:

    As a graduate of the Citizen’s Police Academy, I have had the opportunity to meet many of the fine policemen that our City has. I was impressed with Lt. Jack when I first met him. He then became Capt. Jack and you could tell he had the respect and trust needed to rise to that position. Well, I am not surprised that the Police and Fire Commission selected Russ Jack as our new Chief. I applaud the Common Council and Mayor for their approval and support for our new Chief of Police Russ Jack. We have a very professional, disciplined and well-run Police Dept. that the citizens and businesses of Waukesha can be very proud of. Chief Jack will maintain the high standards and improve the community policing efforts that has kept Waukesha safe.

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