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Posted on: May 6, 2019

For Immediate Release - Mount Pleasant Selects Police Chief



MOUNT PLEASANT, WI – The Village of Mount Pleasant Police and Fire Commission has unanimously selected Matt Soens as the next Police Chief.  Jim Ivanoski, Acting Chair of the Commission stated, “This was an extremely competitive process with candidates from across the United States.  The Village is pleased to appoint Matt Soens as the next Chief of Police to continue the strong tradition of community policing in the Village of Mount Pleasant.”  Village President David DeGroot is also pleased and congratulates Chief Soens on the appointment.  “Police Chief Soens will help keep us safe as we grow with Foxconn at our front door.” 

Police Chief Soens has 21 years with the Mount Pleasant Police Department.  He served as a Captain, Sergeant and Patrol Officer.  Early in his career, he also worked for the City of Janesville and the State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections.  Chief Soens holds a degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

The Police Chief provides leadership and strategic direction for Mount Pleasant Police Department functions, operations, and personnel through the supervision, engagement, and oversight of staff activities.  The department’s 2019 budget is approximately $7 million; the department has a staff of 58 sworn officers, 11 civilian staff members, and two active K-9s.  Guided by an operating philosophy of community policing, Mount Pleasant Police Department works to build cooperative relationships with citizens and business owners to make Mount Pleasant a safe place to live, work, and visit.

While the Chief is hired by the Police and Fire Commission, the Police Chief reports to the Village Administrator.  The Village of Mount Pleasant operates with a board/administrator form of government. It is governed by a six-member board and a village president.  The Village Board appoints a village administrator who is responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of the Village.


The Village of Mount Pleasant is a community that prides itself in one of its greatest assets - location. Comprised of 36 square miles in Eastern Racine County, Mount Pleasant is one of the fastest growing communities in the State of Wisconsin. Stretching from Lake Michigan to Interstate 94, its location provides easy access to metropolitan Milwaukee and Chicago, as well as Mitchell International Airport. Mount Pleasant also offers a wide variety of business opportunities. Numerous local, national, and international companies call Mount Pleasant home, including Case New Holland, Badger Meter, Foxconn, Putzmeister, SC Johnson, Seda International Packaging, and many others. Companies are consistently expressing interest in the community and the area as a whole, allowing the Village to see consistent growth in employment opportunities and amenities for residents. Learn more at



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