LOWELL | Detective Cpl. James Woestman has been appointed assistant police chief.
The Lowell Town Council on Monday unanimously approved the Lowell Police Commission's recommendation that the 11-year veteran be named to the second-in-command position.
Lowell Police Chief Eric Matson said commission members had asked the position be filled. He recommended the department's detective, training coordinator and public information officer move into the slot, and the commission approved Woestman on Thursday.
Woestman has completed the Calumet College of St. Joseph law enforcement program and is close to receiving his bachelor's degree in law enforcement management.
"I am extremely grateful to be entrusted with an administrative position with the department," Woestman said Tuesday. "I look forward to assisting Chief Matson continue the steps he has already taken to become a more progressive, productive and professional Police Department."
In another key personnel move, the Town Council accepted the town administrator's retirement resignation.
Sue Peterson will have served as town administrator for 16 years when she leaves the post at the end of the year.
Peterson said she doesn't know if her position will be filled or if the administrative department will be reconfigured.
Council President Edgar Corns, R-5th, said Tuesday the council hasn't discussed it yet. He believes most of the council was unaware of Peterson's intent to retire.
Previous to Peterson's tenure, Lowell had a town manager.
Peterson said she needs more family time, but intends to continue volunteering with the town.
As town administrator, Peterson has coordinated the annual Lowell Labor Day parade.
She intends to continue volunteering in that capacity.