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Town of Campbell swears in new police chief

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After almost a year without a police chief, The Town of Campbell swore in a new man for the job Thursday.

The new chief, Drew Gavrilos said he's got a big job ahead of him. 

"We've got some trust issues in the department that I need to work very hard to rebuild," Gavrilos said. 

The former chief, Tim Keleman was in spotlight for misusing the town's computers to harass a member of the local tea party. Gavrilos said his priority it to repair the the department's relationship with the community. 

"I've got to get out there. I've got to prove to the community that we're going to take this department and move forward," Gavrilos said. 

"I think he'll play a good role in mending relationships and continuing relationships between the police department and the community," Nathan Casper, an officer with the department said.

Gavrilos has 19 years law enforcement experience, 17 of which were with the La Crosse Police Department and two years with the Secret Service. He said he'll bring that skill set to his new role. 

"The primary role of a chief is leadership and decision making and making sure that we're doing our job correctly. I think Drew is an extremely qualified individual for that position," Casper said. 

"At the end of the day we are public servants and we are here to serve the community," Gavrilos said. 

He said for the first time in over a year the department is finally fully staffed. They currently have four officers and will be looking to promote a sergeant after the first of the year. 

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