May 12th, 2013
Elmwood says “good-bye” to Chief Broehm
Submitted by Rick A. Talford
ELMWOOD, WI – EPD Chief Matt Broehm gave his two week notice to the village clerk on April 10, 2013. He has been in Elmwood since March 2, 2009, when he was hired to take over in the village, after Chief Adam Meyers was terminated by the village board. Chief Broehm completed his training at Chippewa Valley Technical College in May 2007.
Only days after he graduated, he was hired on as a part-time officer for the Strum Police Department. He spent nine months with them, before he got a full month of full-time service in 2008. He stated “I learnt plenty in that month, as I spent most of my time observing.”
He then began some part-time employment in Blair, WI in August 2008. He also took a part-time job in November 2008 with Eleva Police Department. In December 2008, he began working with the Whitehall Police Department. He has continued part-time work with their department since. He spoke of a chance to be hired full-time with them sometime in late 2011, early 2012. They took another officer for the position. He has worked full-time with Elmwood over the years, and he received notice that Whitehall was ready to hire him as a full-time officer. He could not turn the opportunity down.
“Besides having a higher income to start, I will have more opportunities, like being a Firearms Instructor. They also have a larger department with multiple full-time and part-time officers” he added. In October 2012, Officer Broehm was promoted to Chief in Elmwood, after three and a half years of service to the village. He also took on some part-time work with the Durand Police Department this past summer, around the Fun Fest. He has worked with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department as a reserve officer during the Farm Technology Days and other events, for the last year and a half.
I asked Matt what he felt about being a one man department. “I feel the job could be performed much better, if there were at least two officers in the village.” I then asked him what he was going to miss about Elmwood; he replied “I will miss working with the people. That is the hardest part about leaving. I will return as often as I can, to visit the many friends and acquaintances that I have here.” After asking Broehm what was one of the worst parts of his job, he claimed “The barking and parking complaints, there is not really a lot you can do.”
Chief Broehm has done plenty of the work, getting the new truck for the EPD. He leaves the village before the truck is completely equipped and ready for service next month. His final day of service for the Village of Elmwood was April 24th, so there is very little time for everyone to wish him well in his future career at Whitehall. His plans for Whitehall include the opportunity to become Chief in a decade or so. He will be around Elmwood for a short time, before he moves closer to Whitehall.
Broehm has family in the Altoona and Fall Creek area. He graduated from Fall Creek High School in 2002. He will turn thirty this fall, and he has plans of getting involved with the Department of Justice, Criminal Investigations Division. He believes that he needs to continue working as often as he can, to get the experience he needs, in investigations for his future plans.
Good Luck Chief Broehm with your future career in Law Enforcement.