Interim Chief Gaber's Bio

Interim Chief Randy Gaber has been with the Madison Police Department for 27 years. He served in a variety of positions including Police Officer, Neighborhood Officer, Detective, Sergeant, lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief. He has also spent time in the Investigative Division of the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force and was in charge of the department’s Emergency Response (SWAT) Team and was the lead for constructing the South District Police station in 2001. Before being named the interim Chief in September of 2013, Interim Chief Gaber served in the top Administrative position as an Assistant Chief in both the Operations and Support sections, giving him valuable experience in all aspects of law enforcement management including daily operations, staffing, budgeting, records, traffic, training and investigative support. Interim Chief Gaber is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association (WCPA). He is also a past Vice President and President of the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association and has previously served as a state-certified Criminal Justice instructor and Vocational Technical instructor in law enforcement-related topics.

During his career with the Madison Police Department, Interim Chief Gaber has always maintained a strong emphasis on community and problem oriented policing, serving not only as a practitioner, but also as a trainer. Interim Chief Gaber was responsible for developing curriculum and conducting training on problem solving for all department employees in 1997 and served as the lead Commander in hosting the International Problem Oriented Policing Conference in Madison, in 2006 and 2007. He is a firm believer that police serve with the “consent and support of our community” and building trust and mutual understanding with the community is a priority for the Madison Police Department. Gaber says the relationships he has made over the years with citizens and stakeholders in Madison are his greatest accomplishment. Early in his career, he was recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his work as a Neighborhood Officer and community policing leader while working with children and families in south Madison.

Gaber understands the importance of identifying critical issues facing our society and then working collaboratively with others to have a positive impact on those issues. In that light, Interim Chief Gaber has served on the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) Training Committee and the Dane County Domestic Abuse Training Cadre. He was the Chair of the Public Safety Subcommittee to the Dane County Enhanced Gang Task Force and has also served on the Dane County Equal Opportunities Commission Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.

Interim Chief Gaber is a lifelong Wisconsin resident who has spent many years coaching youth sports and volunteering to help mentor children in our community. He has an Associate degree in Police Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and has completed some graduate work in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Police Organizations.

Some of his Awards and Recognitions include:

  • Kreml Award Recipient Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command
  • Leadership recognition for 2006 and 2007 Problem Oriented Policing Conferences
  • Certificate of Completion - Problem Oriented Leadership Institute for Chief Executive Officers
  • Project of Distinction Award for South District Police Station
  • Nominated for Luann Gilbert Award for work in domestic violence
  • Community Service Award - Dane County Neighborhood Intervention Program