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UPDATE: Onalaska Assistant Police Chief retiring after paid administrative leave


ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) – The City of Onalaska says their Assistant Police Chief, Jeffery Cavender, is retiring. This annoucement comes just days after Cavender was placed on paid administrative leave.

The city issued this statement Friday evening:

Assistant Chief Jeffery Cavender has decided to retire from active law enforcement and the Onalaska Police Department effective April 15, 2019, after over 33 years of dedicated and decorated law enforcement service. We wish him well in his future endeavors.


ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) – Onalaska’s city administrator Eric Rindfleisch confirmed to News 19 that Assistant Police Chief Jeffery Cavender has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Cavender’s leave comes as Onalaska Fire Chief William Hayes has is also put on paid administrative leave following a drunk driving arrest April 7th. In the police report, Hayes is quoted saying he was “just with Chief Cavender.”

Onalaska city officials have not commented that the two cases are connected.

Assistant Chief Cavender joined the Onalaska Police Department in August 2018. Before that, he served on an Arizona police force from May 2017 through July 2018 as Department Chief.

RELATED: Onalaska’s fire chief arrested for drunk driving

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