Chief Tony Ruesga Jr.
Chief Tony Ruesga Jr. began his tenure with the Cross Plains Police Department on January 6, 2020. Before being appointed Chief of Police, he started his career in 1999 as a part-time police officer for the Elk Mound Police Department. He continued his career working for the Benton Police Department, Lafayette County Sheriff's Office and the Darlington Police Department.
Chief Ruesga has held multiple positions through the years and values his extensive law enforcement experience, training and education. Chief Ruesga holds an Associate Degree in Police Science, a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in multi-culturalism and social diversity.
In 2010, Chief Ruesga received the Police Officer of the Year Award from the Third District of the American Legion for his work in the community, which helped to build compassion and cooperation with the growing Hispanic population in Southwest Wisconsin. Chief Ruesga has received multiple awards and recognitions from several community organizations and the State of Wisconsin for his efforts in community police relations.
When asked about his philosophy in law enforcement, Chief Ruesga said, "I have immense pride in being a member of the law enforcement profession and especially being part of the Cross Plains Police Department. I consider it a tremendous privilege to have been appointed as the Chief of Police. As the leader of a professional and progressive department, it is my primary objective to have an organization whose skills and abilities are second to none. Our team will work hard to maintain a high level of excellence, initiative and integrity."
Chief Ruesga also said, "I am a firm believer in surrounding myself with exemplary people, and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to watch, listen and learn from the many dedicated community members, Village Board members, Village Administrator, Village Department Heads, Village Employees and members of the Cross Plains Police Department. Each day I will work hard to follow their good examples and lead your Police Department in a professional, responsible and progressive direction."
When Chief Ruesga is not leading the Cross Plains Police Department he can be found spending time with his family and friends. Chief Ruesga said his wife, Shari, of nearly 30 years, keeps him grounded and is the foundation of their strong relationship. They have raised three children and have a grandson and another on the way. He enjoys watching movies and sporting events. During the summer months, Chief Ruesga and Shari spend time traveling, playing golf and taking walks.
Chief Ruesga's words to live by, "Humble service to others, in the absence of an audience, is the greatest personal give you can give anyone. Remember kindness is free."