After serving the Sussex area for seven years as director of police services, Lt. James Gumm has been promoted to Captain of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.
The new position means he will be leaving his concentration in Sussex and expanding it in Waukesha County. His replacement, who was discussed during a closed meeting Tuesday night, will be officially announced sometime later this week. There are currently two finalists for the position.
Gumm’s promotion went into effect the beginning of this week, but he will be on-site to help train the up-and-comer. Though Gumm will not be far from Sussex, he said he will miss the everyday relationships he created throughout the department and the community.
“The people – I have always enjoyed the people that work in the department and the people that live in the community. I have developed a lot of relationships,” Gumm said.
He continued to say that he enjoyed the time he spent in the Village of Sussex and he looks forward to serving Waukesha County.
As Captain, Gumm will lead and manage the patrol division during second shift. Gumm said he has trained and prepared himself appropriately and is ready for the greater amount of responsibility that comes with the new position.
“I am trained and ready," Gumm said. "But of course going into a new position, there are thoughts of the unknown.”
The two candidates up to replace Gumm were Lt. Brian Larson and Lt. Torin Misko. Both are currently part of the police force in Waukesha County.
Gumm said he believes either of the two candidates will serve the Sussex area with great appreciation and uphold his former standards.
And when asked for advice for his predecessor, he said: “Have trust in the people around you.”
Gumm started as a dispatcher for the Waukesha County Police Department 15 years ago, and in 2005 was promoted to lieutenant.
Editor's Note: A full feature on the new lieutenant is in the works, so keep checking in to read about Gumm's replacement.