Mon. Feb 6th, 2023
Muskego Police Chief Richard Rens stands inside the new police station's largest rooms, a conference room, during a tour of the new building in October 2019. Rens announced on Feb. 24 he is retiring. His successor, Muskego Police Detective Stephen Westphal, will take over on April 16.

MUSKEGO – In swift order, the city of Muskego has simultaneously announced the retirement of its police chief and the installation of his successor.

Richard “Rick” Rens, a 30-year member of the Muskego Police Department — the last four years of which he spent as chief — will step down from his post effective April 16. His replacement will be a Muskego detective, Stephen Westphal, a 16-year member of the force.

Both changes were announced at the same time: Muskego’s Police and Fire Commission meeting on Wednesday. Rens’ plans had not been publicly announced prior to that time, though a Feb. 2 PFC agenda hinted at the likelihood as commission members discussed a replacement process for the post.

Praise for chief

Following the commission’s unanimous vote naming Westphal as the next chief, PFC President John Mooney set aside a moment to praise Rens for his long service.

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