Proctor Council fires Police Chief
He was invited to the White House to be part of its 21st Century Policing program last year, in January he was invited to be a panelist on the Minnesota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He was selected by his fellow chiefs to represent them on the Minnesota Police Chiefs association as the Region 3 state representative in the seven county area.
Walter Wobig is considered one of the top police chiefs in Minnesota, but he was not good enough for Proctor.
On a 3-2 vote the city voted not to renew Walter Wobig’s contract. Mayor Phil Larson, and Councilors Troy DeWall and Gary Nowak voted to not renew the contract. Councilors Jake Benson and Jim Schwarzbauer voted no.
Wednesday morning instead of sitting down to negotiate a new contract Wobig was clearing out his office that he has occupied for the past 14 years.
Wobig is the second city employee to be let go by the new council. Peter Luke, Proctor Cable Coordinator for the past 22 years, was also let go under the “contract not renewed” action.
An acting chief was not appointed.
It was the third time since September, that Wobig was scheduled to discuss his contract. His contract, along with other city employees, expired Dec. 31, 2016.
The city had passed a motion earlier that all contracts were to remain in place until a new one was discussed and approved. The council, at their first meeting of the year, voted unanimously to appoint him chief for 2017.
Wobig was named Chief in August 2002. Before coming to Proctor Wobig was a Lieutenant with the Kissimmee Police Department for 19 years. He is a military veteran serving with the U.S. Army Military Police.
Wobig, 56, has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Bachelor’s Degree in Administration in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the Southern Police Academy, Command Officers Development Course.
Wobig learned shortly after he moved to Proctor, that he had relatives who lived in town and owned a business at the turn of the century.