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Village hires new marshal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 20:19

There’s a new marshal in town, or the village at least.

Cory Birchbauer of Cedar Grove is the new marshal for the Village of Belgium. He works for the state and has been a reserve officer for the Port Washington Police Department since 2009.
“I have only been on for roughly a week and have been trying to learn the ordinances and going through older reports to absorb as much information as possible,” he said.
Birchbauer fills the position that has been vacant since Jeff Burris left months ago. Since the beginning of the year, Deputy Marshal Leon Anzia has served as the village’s only officer.
The Village Board in February approved increasing the salary for the position, after candidates last year expressed disappointment during interviews.
The marshal was paid $3,250 per year with the deputy making $2,750. The village increased the pay range to $4,000 to $5,000 for the village marshal and $2,500 to $3,500 for the deputy marshal, depending on experience.
Birchbauer, the only person to apply for the job, is getting paid $4,000 per year.
The village marshal cannot make arrests but may issue citations for ordinance violations. Anzia said he gives tickets early in the morning for winter parking violations. In summer, he said he does less work, relying more on complaints from residents about things like grass clippings on the road.
The village discussed contracting with the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department but deemed that service too expensive.
The increased salary will come from the fund balance as it was not put into the budget. Village President Vickie Boehnlein said the fund balance is comfortably above what is recommended.

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