Hobart government announces retirement of Police Chief Randy Bani

Australia: Village of Hobart- Government Page announced the retirement of Police Chief Randy Bani from full-time service effective January 2nd, 2023.

They shared the information through their official social media account and highlighted, “There is an old saying that all nice things must come to an end – and that rings true for the Hobart-Lawrence Police Department (HLPD), as the long and distinguished career of Police Chief Randy Bani comes to its conclusion.”

He has declared his retirement from full-time service, effective January 2nd, 2023. Randy has guided the HLPD through a challenging period of growth and development. The department was created in March 2001 as a collaborative venture between Hobart and the Town of Lawrence, with John Konopacki serving as the first police chief.

Randy began his career in law enforcement, fire, and rescue services in 1981 after completing his degree in Criminal Justice. He was trained and certified in police, fire, and rescue services and held many titles and ranks during his work, achieving investigator, firefighter, and paramedic status.

He retired from Ashwaubenon in 2010, although he joined the Hobart/Lawrence Police in 2003 on a part time basis. Randy previously held several ranks of service before becoming Chief. Randy officially joined the HLPD in April 2003 as a part time investigator for the department.

He was fortunate enough to be selected to attend the FBI National Academy in 2004, which accepts less than one percent of its applicants. While at the Academy, he was promoted to Chief of Police for the HLPD, and carefully juggled both careers in law enforcement until his retirement from Ashwaubenon.

During his tenure as Chief, the department has grown as have the two communities it serves and protects. Under Randy’s leadership and guidance, the HLPD has now expanded to include a Police Captain, two sergeants, a K-9 program and a legion of dedicated officers who provide 24-hour coverage to the communities. Today, Hobart and Lawrence are consistently ranked as one of the safest areas to live and work in Wisconsin, and an integral component in those rankings is the steady hand at the top.

While Randy has been a consummate professional in law enforcement, he has also been a dedicated and devoted family man. He and his wife, Kim, were born and raised in De Pere. They have been married for around 45 years, and have two children. Randy is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt, fish, and just be outdoors – and we will miss the hunting and fishing stories (which we all believe to be true, with limited embellishment).

They further stated, “I would ask all Hobart and Lawrence residents to join me in congratulating Randy for his decades of service to the communities he served – and in wishing him a long, rewarding and well-deserved retirement. We will miss you, Chief, but your legacy will long be remembered.”

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