Retiring chief gives emotional last call

NEW Media Staff

The Oconto Police Department gave an emotional farewell to Chief Mike Rehberg on Jan. 31, his last day before retiring.

In a video posted on social media, Rehberg is seen reporting in for “my last 10-42,” police code for end of shift. He thanked his wife and children and friends during his 34 years with the department, and the citizens of Oconto for their support.

“To the past and present members of the Oconto Police Department, I have worked and continue to work with some of the most dedicated, compassionate, intelligent department I could ever hope for,” Rehberg said. “You are my second family, and I will miss you.”

In the Oconto County Dispatch Center, Rehberg’s daughter, Abby, responded with a tribute before acknowledging his 10-42 call.

“You have been an inspiration to us as a father, mentor and leader. We will miss you. Your brothers and sisters in blue will take it from here,” she said. “It is my honor as your daughter to wish you a happy, healthy and bright new adventure with your retirement after a total of 36 years in this law enforcement profession. Godspeed, end of tour, Jan. 31, 2024, at 3:31 p.m., Chief Michael Rehberg, Badger No. 751, you are officially 10-42.”

As the search continues for a new chief, Capt. Kassie Dufek has been named interim chief and Officer Dave Pusick is interim captain.