Silver Lake Water Patrol’s Newest Member

Boaters who choose to operate watercraft while intoxicated, by speeding, or acting recklessly may just run into Silver Lake’s newest member of the Water Patrol. Kyle Stoxen will also be checking to make sure boaters have life jackets on board and the correct safety equipment.

On Wednesday night, the Village Board unanimously approved hiring Stoxen to serve on the Water Patrol at $18.37 per hour, subject to background check, and drug testing. He will begin with a one-year probationary period.

According to Police Chief Dan Kingsley, Stoxen, who currently works for the Town of Salem Water Patrol is a good fit for the short-handed department.

“We initially hired David Ellis, but he took a job at Ft. McCoy and then we lost another officer when he relocated to Stevens Point,” he said. “I moved one of my Water Patrol guys to the road now and so I am in a tough spot. Kyle was next on the list from those we interviewed last time around.”

Prior to becoming hired for the position, Stoxen apprenticed without pay under the Board’s approval with the Water Patrol to learn departmental procedures.

“This is a small community, and it was the best way for him to learn,” said Kingsley. “I think he will be a good fit.”


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