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The University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac has selected City of Fond du Lac Police Chief William (Bill) Lamb to receive its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Lamb is a 23-year veteran of the law enforcement profession. On June 30, 2011, Lamb was sworn in as the Chief of Police for the City of Fond du Lac during one of the most challenging times in the history of the department. It was in the process of healing and recovering from the loss of Officer Craig Birkholz who was killed in the line of duty in March 2011.

Born and raised in Fond du Lac, Lamb attended UW-Fond du Lac from 1986 through 1988. He then transferred to UW-Oshkosh and later to Marian University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice. He is a graduate of the 209th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Lamb began his career in 1988 with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department. In 1991 he joined the North Fond du Lac Police Department where he worked until June 2011. He served as North Fond du Lac’s Chief of Police for ten of those years.

Over the course of his law enforcement career Lamb has worked as a patrol officer, investigator, narcotics task force officer, patrol commander, deputy chief of police, operations commander and police chief. He has also held a number of specialized assignments and responsibilities including the positions of field training officer and unified tactics instructor. In addition to his duties as North Fond du Lac’s Police Chief, he was twice appointed to serve as the interim village administrator in North Fond du Lac.

Lamb is a past-president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the FBI National Academy Association as well as the Fond du Lac County Law Enforcement Executive’s Association. He currently serves as an executive board member of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association.

Locally, he serves on the YMCA Board of Directors and is a member of the Knights of Columbus and Fond du Lac Noon Rotary. He has previously served as a board member of the Fond du Lac County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the ASTOP Sexual Abuse Center.

He will be honored at the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation’s annual donor and scholarship reception on Oct. 3 in the University Center Commons.

This is the ninth year the university has presented this award. Past recipients include Brenna Garrison-Bruden (2004); Don Noe (2005); Paul Rosenfeldt (2006); Robert (Bob) Carew (2007); Oscar Kraus (2008); Sandi Roehrig (2009); Mark Stand (2010); and Kim Mooney (2011).


Laurie Krasin