Joseph Kluchesky 1936-1945
Chief Joseph Kluchesky rose through the ranks form traffic patrolman, including bodyguard to the Mayor and was superintendent of the Identification Bureau when promoted to Chief. This "War Time" Chief developed one of the best civil defense programs in the country. He demanded that citizens be treated honestly and fairly and that all laws be strictly enforced, which probably contributed to Milwaukee's low rate of 1.3 homicides per 100,000 population.
He continued the motorization of the department instituted by Chief Laubenheimer by adding the Department's first explosives vehicle and armored patrol wagon to the 31 squad cars already in service.
In the early 1940's, a Chief's salary was about $6,500 per year, while his patrolmen earned $2,160.