On June 10, 2020, the Hiring Committee for the city of Black River Falls named Jody Stoker as the new Fire Chief for the Black River Falls Fire Department.  Stoker has served with Black River Falls Fire & EMS for over 20 years holding the ranks of firefighter, Captain, and Assistant Chief, and he has been employed full-time with the Black River Falls Fire Department since June 2013 as the EMS Division Chief.  Stoker earned his Associate Degree in Police Science Technology from Western Technical College and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Viterbo University.  In addition, Jody holds a wide range of fire and emergency medical services certifications and has completed over a dozen trainings through the National Fire Academy.  The City’s Hiring Committee received 10 applications and after thoroughly screening and analyzing all the candidates, elected to forego interviews in light of Stoker’s education, experience, and stellar qualifications.  Jody Stoker’s tenure as Fire Chief for the Black River Falls Fire Department will begin June 11, 2020.


The members of the 2019-2020 Miss Black River Falls court were crowned at Festival in the Park on Saturday, July 6, 2019.  Hope Roskos is Miss Black River Falls 2019-2020 — Congratulations Hope!

From left to right of crowning photo.

Ciarra Isaac is the 2019-2020 Miss Black River Falls 2nd Attendant. She is the daughter of Tina Pick. She will be in 11th grade and is sponsored by Atrium Post Acute Care.

Mackenzie Dougherty is the new Miss Black River Falls 1st Attendant. Her parents are Danielle and Justin Dougherty. She will be a 10th grader this fall and is sponsored by Dynamic Audio and Video.

Hope Roskos is the 2019-2020 Miss Black River Falls!  She will be a 10th grader in the fall. She is the daughter of Dan and Heather Roskos and is sponsored by Fruits and Flowers Plus.

Mackenzie Blount is the new 3rd Attendant for this upcoming year is . She is the daughter of Amy and Matt Blount and will be a 10th grader as well. Her sponsor is Twisted Oak Landscape and Design.


Four contestants were vying for this year’s Miss Black River Falls court.  The contestants were:

Hope Roskos – Miss Black River Falls 2019-2020

The daughter of Daniel and Heather Roskos and was sponsored by Fruits & Flowers Plus

Mackenzie Doughert – 1st Attendant 2019-2020

The daughter of Justin and Danielle Dougherty and was sponsored by Dynamic Audio & Video

Ciarra Isaac – 2nd Attendant 2019-2020

The daughter of Tina Pick and was sponsored by Atrium Post-Acute Care of BRF

Mackenzie Blount – 3rd Attendant 2019-2020

The daughter of Mattt and Amy Blount and was sponsored by Twisted Oak Landscape & Design





Officer Ethan Shaffer has been assigned as the Black River Falls Police Department’s new canine handler.  Officer Shaffer and the department’s new canine, Ilo, are currently training at Jessiffany Kennels, Iron Ridge, Wisconsin. I anticipate that Officer Shaffer and canine Ilo will be certified and working by the middle of March.

It is clear that the community wants and needs a canine program.  Having an efficient, effective, competent, and well respected canine program is the mission of the police department.  I am confident that Officer Shaffer is a good choice for the canine assignment.  Officer Shaffer is dedicated to this department and to making Black River Falls a great community.

After speaking to different canine trainers and handlers it was decided we would not be bringing canine, Mattis, back into the department.  Jessiffany Kennels agreed to trade Mattis for a different fully trained canine of our choice.  It can be difficult to bring a former canine back into the same department with a new handler, but more importantly the canine needs to be a good fit for the handler.  I believe that Officer Shaffer and canine, Ilo will make an excellent team.

Although a canine will never replace and officer, a trained canine is a valuable asset, which enhances law enforcement performance.  Because of a canines superior sense of smell, hearing and physical capabilities they are an asset in making the community safer environment for the citizens. Our canine is a valuable asset in fighting crime.  I look forward to what Officer Shaffer and Ilo will do for the community.

Chief Kelly Bakken


Officer Ethan Shaffer and Ilo