MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Madison police sergeant has been named the department's next police chief, replacing Chief Noble Wray, who retired in September after 29 years on the force.
Sgt. Mike Koval was named to the position Friday by the city's Police and Fire Commission.
Koval has been with the department since 1983. He has also worked as an FBI agent and hostage negotiator.
The 55-year-old begins his new duties April 21.
He says one of his priorities will be to reform the image of Madison police. He says he wants officers to be seen as guardians of the public rather than as militarized warriors. He says he also wants to use the position to attract good candidates to become Madison police officers.
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