Assistant Police Chief Gus Moulas will retire from the Elm Grove Police Department on Sept. 2, ending 37 years of service.
Moulas worked his way up the department ladder, from dispatcher to police officer to detective to captain before being promoted to assistant chief of police, and has held leadership and teaching roles both inside and outside of the department.
He founded the department's first canine program and helped other departments create their own. A sign of appreciation for his significant work and influence, Moulas was named the 2009 Wisconsin Canine Handler of the year by the Wisconsin Canine Handler's Association.
Moulas served as the first Citizen's Police Academy coordinator and instructor and was a member of the original paramedic charter class that established advanced pre-hospital medical care for the community.
An avid recreational pilot, Moulas is as an expert in general aviation security and worked nationally as a Homeland Security instructor through the Waukesha County Technical College. Most recently, he held the title of lead instructor, teaching various topics to transportation and safety (TSA) agents.
He is also an instructor for the 40-hour Tactical Emergency Medical Service class, teaching paramedics and police officers crucial skills in providing medical care in hostile conditions. Moulas also serves as a clinical and classroom instructor to new paramedic students.
Elm Grove Police Chief Jim Gage remembers Moulas' story from the start.
In August 1976, the Dousmen-Dunkel-Behling House was located on the corner of Moorland and Bluemound roads, where the North Shore Bank building now stands. The Halfway House Restaurant stood where Walgreens now operates. The Longhorn Saloon, the Lime House, and the Blinkin 'n Nod and Sleepy Hollow Motels adorned Bluemound Road east of Elm Grove Road. There were no traffic control signals or street lights on Watertown Plank Road, only stop signs and intersection lights. And a 15-year-old Moulas walked through the doors of the Elm Grove Police Department to join the law enforcement explorer post.
"It has been an absolute honor to work with Gus," Gage said. "We have known each other since our high school days and it is difficult to watch him leave with such a massive amount knowledge and expertise. This village is extremely fortunate to have had someone of his character and dedication serve the community."
Moulas won't be completely absent from the village. He'll continue to serve as a paramedic and was recently appointed to serve as a citizen member the Public Safety Committee.
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