City of Wauwatosa
Press Release

Statement from Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis R. McBride

February 1, 2021

By - Feb 1st, 2021 02:28 pm

Today, Police Chief Barry Weber submitted his retirement notice to me. He will retire on June 1, 2021.

Chief Weber has served 48 years in law enforcement, 31 of those years as Chief of the Wauwatosa Police Department. I thank him for his service and wish him a happy retirement.

Later this week, the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission (PFC) will hold a special meeting to formally accept Chief Weber’s retirement notice and to begin discussing the hiring of a new chief. Under Wisconsin law, the Mayor and Common Council will not have any role in that process. Section 62.13 of the Wisconsin Statutes gives the PFC sole authority over the selection of police and fire chiefs. After the PFC determines how it will proceed, a description will be published on the City’s website,, so the public can follow the hiring process.

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