Ed Baumann


(414) 288-4037
Retired Police Chief, Pewaukee
Criminology and Law Studies
Lalumiere Language Hall, 108


I am a product of the City of Milwaukee, having been born and raised on 40th & Keefe. I attended Messmer High School and St. Norbert College, where I received my B.A. in sociology. For most of my life, my sole dream was to be a Milwaukee police officer, but the year I applied a class-action lawsuit regarding hiring discrimination put hiring on hold. I was advised that the Pewaukee Police Dept in Waukesha was hiring, so I took those tests and became one of a department of 8 officers. It seemed a far cry from my original dream of being a big-city officer.

However, if one gets involved in law enforcement for the right reasons, to help people, Pewaukee was the place, and because of its size, I was able to rise through the ranks quickly and became the Chief of Police in March 1984. I was the youngest Police Chief for a full-time police department in the history of the State of Wisconsin. I worked in the Metro drug unit, our multi- jurisdictional SWAT team, and I was appointed by the Governor to Wisconsin's Training and Standards board. I went to the FBI's National Academy, and I attended UWM and University of Virginia where I accumulated 28 credits towards my Master's degree.

In addition to MU, I have taught at Waukesha County Technical College and Mt. Senario College. I teach White Collar Crime and "Police Organization and Administration". As fulfilling as my law enforcement career has been, teaching is as gratifying if not more so. I love what I do and hope to make a difference in the lives of the students I have had the privilege to teach.


Contact the Department of
Social and Cultural Sciences

Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 340
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-6838 | Fax: (414) 288-6444