Reggie Welle is the new Morris Chief of Police. Welle was unanimously ratified by the city council at the March 12 meeting. Welle was recommended by city manager Blaine Hill after a second round of interviews was completed in the prior week.

Welle has been serving as the interim chief since late January.

The city had a vacancy after Ross Tiegs resigned in late December.

Hill and the city's civil commission interviewed four finalists. The finalists were also ranked.

The ratification of Welle happened after council discussion.

Although council member Brian Solvie said he didn't not have a problem with Welle as chief but he wanted to delay the ratification until the council had a chance to ask Welle questions.

Council member Kim Gullickson also said she would have appreciated a chance to ask questions but agreed with the choice of Welle.

Mayor Sheldon Giese, council member Jeff Miller said they were satisfied with the process. Council member Kevin Wohlers said he trusts the civil service commission but understood Solvie's point.

The city's charter has the civil service commission and the manager in place to hire a police chief, Hill said. Hill also pointed out that the police chief works for the city manager and the city manager works for the council.

Also, city attorney Aaron Jordan said it would be difficult to do what Solvie was asking under the structure that uses the civil service commission.

Council members and Hill said they were willing to have additional discussion about the process and the civil service commission.