A Strong Record of Community Leadership

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Achievements

  • Six letters of commendation from Eau Claire PD
  • Six letters of recognition, including Eau Claire PD, Chippewa Falls PD, Eau Claire County Children's Court, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Founded the Chippewa Valley Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory
  • Crafted and helped pass ordinances regulating adult book stores and pawnbrokers in Eau Claire to improve community safety and quality of life.
  • Worked with Wisconsin legislators to draft and pass state laws on the sale of scrap metal to reduce metal theft in Wisconsin. 
  • Worked with city staff to create a ten year plan to rebuild alleyways in Eau Claire.
  • A leader in building support for the Confluence Project.
  • Participated in the Confluence Council Task force to found the arts center governing council.
  • Participated in the 10 year review of the comprehensive plan.
  • Participated in the Neighborhood Revitalization Task Force.
  • Initiated a study to explore a full time public market in Eau Claire.
 

Eric Larsen grew up in Eau Claire and graduated from Memorial High School in 1977. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy and spent three years on the flight deck of the USS Nimitz. Eric was on station in the Indian Ocean in April of 1980 when Operation Eagle Claw was launched from the flight deck of the Nimitz to attempt a rescue of American hostages held in Iran. He completed his military obligation in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He was honorably discharged in 1983. 

Eric received a Criminal Justice Degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College, graduating with honors in 1983. He went on to study Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Police Administration at the University of Louisville. 

Eric went to work for the Lake Hallie Police Department in March of 1983. Later that same year he was hired by the Eau Claire Police Department. He spent most of his career working on criminal investigations with Eau Claire PD. He served as Chairman the West Central Drug Task Force oversight committee, and founded the Chippewa Valley Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory. Eric was responsible for the creation of ordinances regulating adult book stores and pawnbroker businesses in Eau Claire, improving the safety and quality of life in his community. He retired as Deputy Chief of Police for the Detective Division in 2012. 

After finishing his career as a police officer, Eric was elected to an at-large seat on the Eau Claire City Council in April of 2013. While on City Council, Eric served on the Fiscal Policy Advisory Committee, the Visit Eau Claire Board of Directors, the Plan Commission, the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, and a task force to create the Confluence Arts Center governing council. He was an influential leader in building support for the Confluence Project. He left City Council in 2017 when he signed a consultant contract with the Eau Claire Police Department. He continues to serve on the Plan Commission. 

Eric has a private investigation business and works as a Court Security Officer at the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Eau Claire. He has been married to his wife Ann for 36 years. Eric and Ann have three sons and six grandchildren.