Interim Chief James L. Runge was sworn in on May 3rd, 2021, after Chief Andrew Smith retired, from 5 years of service to the City of Green Bay.
As a nationwide search begins for Chief Andrew Smiths replacement, Chief Runge will assist with the day to day operations of the agency, eventually handing over the responsibilities once a new chief is selected by the police and fire commission.
Chief Runge has been involved in law enforcement for 33 years. Having been hired in 1985 as a Police Cadet, Runge was a patrol officer for 13 years, a patrol Lieutenant for 5 years, Community Policing Lieutenant for 3 years, promoting to Captain in 2015, then promoting to Commander in 2016. In December of 2018, he retired as a Commander in the Investigations Bureau.
Chief Runge has been involved with community engagements, including working with the homeless, sex offender releases and also oversaw numerous large scale investigations.