Wetz named new police chief

STEVE WETZ has served with the Fredericksburg Police Department for 29 years, and seven months as acting police chief.

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

Trusting in one of its own, the City of Fredericksburg has tabbed Steve Wetz as its new chief of police.

Wetz, who has been with the Fredericksburg Police Department for 29 years, fills the vacancy left by Paul A. Oestreich, who died May 7. Oestreich succumbed to a blood disease, leaving behind a 40-year legacy on the local force.

“I’m proud I got the opportunity and the chance to do this, but it still hurts how I got it,” said Wetz, who had worked alongside Oestreich for his entire career and considered him a close friend.

“Paul had always talked with me these last few years about the direction I wanted to go and he always told me that he would do everything possible to make sure I was his successor,” Wetz said. “But I guess you never know until it happens.”

“Steve is well respected in the department and in the community. He has served very capably as acting chief of police for the past seven months,” said City of Fredericksburg Manager Kent Myers in announcing Wetz’s promotion on Friday.

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