By Eric Fischer
As part of a statewide effort to promote mental and emotional wellness in law enforcement, the Sturgeon Bay Police Department has named Pastor James Gomez as its Police Chaplain. Gomez serves as Pastor for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay and since being appointed has attended two training conferences. As Police Chaplain, Gomez will accompany officers to death notifications, as well as be an ear for officers to talk to confidentially about mental health topics, such as depression, anxiety, and stress management among other things. Gomez says he is excited to work with the department.
Gomez adds that he served in a similar role in Minnesota before moving to Wisconsin, and is happy Wisconsin is making an effort to help those who serve. Gomez also serves as a local hospital chaplain.