By Joe Bachman
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — An offer has been extended to Erman Blevins for new Wisconsin Rapids Chief of Police.
After weeks of interviews and deliberation, the Police & Fire Commission held a late meeting on Friday that ultimately led to the decision — a decision that was narrowed down from four candidates, including current Interim Chief of Police Randy Jahns. The commission issued a press release shortly after the announcement.
“The City of Wisconsin Rapids Police and Fire Commission is proud to announce that after a long search, assessment, and interview process, an offer has been extended to Erman Blevins to serve as the next Police Chief of Wisconsin Rapids.
It was a very difficult decision for our commission, as we had extremely qualified final candidates; however, based om the assessment, our interviews, and the recommendations of the consulting firm, we are confident that we are extending an offer to the candidate who will best be lead and serve out department and city.”
Upon Blevins’ acceptance, he will be formally appointed at a future commission meeting.
“The commission would like to thank Randy Jahns for serving as Interim Police Chief after the retirement of Kurt Heuer. Mr. Jahns did an excellent job during this process and has been a fantastic example of a true servant to the community.”
Erman Blevins holds a Master’s Degree from American Military University in Homeland Security, as well as attending the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in 2012. Blevins was the former Commander for the Carpentersville Police from 1990-2016, and served as Chief of Police for Rantoul, ill. from Feb. 2016 to Jan. 2017.
Blevins is expected to accept the offer.