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My wife Sara and I are lifelong residents of Fond du Lac County, and currently reside in the Town of Oakfield at the northern tip of the beautiful Horicon Marsh.  In December, we will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.  We enjoy donating time to local non-profit organizations that give back to our community, attending mass and other activities at Holy Family Catholic Community, spending time with family and friends, and interacting with residents across Fond du Lac County at the great events offered here year-round! In our free time we love traveling and enjoying the vast opportunities our great state and country have to offer, but equally enjoy a little quiet time together at home, too. 

 

I am an avid outdoorsman who likes to hunt, spend time in our great outdoors, and any activity that involves sitting in the tractor seat including tilling and planting food plots, mowing, landscaping, or snow-blowing. I also enjoy working on vehicles, off-roading in our Jeep or UTV and running or biking to relieve stress and get some exercise.  ​ 

My career with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office began in 1998 when Sheriff Jim Gilmore hired me as a Deputy Reserve.  Since then, I have worked and trained hard to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully lead the Sheriff's Office as detailed in the sections below. You can also see my career progression on the "Through the Ranks" page.

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CONTINUOUS LEARNING

Continuous learning is a key component in both my personal and professional development.

 

Over the course of my career,  I've always had a desire to grow my knowledge and develop my skills for what will come next.  Below are examples of how I've continued my own learning, while also sharing that knowledge with others in our office and our community. 

Marian University
Fond du Lac - 1999

Bachelor of Science - Administration of Justice

Fox Valley Technical College
Appleton, WI - 1998

Associate Degree in Police Science 

St. Mary's Springs Academy
Fond du Lac, WI - 1996

High School Diploma

Graduation Handshake

Wisconsin Department of Justice

First Term Sheriff's and New Chiefs Training

FBI National Academy 
Session 262 - 2015

Leadership for Law Enforcement

Managing Organizational Change 

Contemporary Issues in Police Media Relations

Critical Incident Management

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute 

Integrated Emergency Management Course

National Incident Management Systems (NIMS)

Wisconsin Emergency Management 

Critical Incident Management

Active Shooter Incident Management 

National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) 

SWAT Command - Decision Making & Leadership

Tactical Command, Control & Leadership

Northwestern University 

Supervision of Police Personnel

Sophia Foundation

Leadership Learning Circle

Leadership Fond du Lac

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Throughout my career I have served as a certified instructor in many disciplines. This role has afforded me the opportunity to train and educate many of my fellow colleagues, as well as citizens throughout the community.

Trained deputies in the proper use of their firearms and when they are legally justified to use deadly force to protect themselves and others. 

  • A Day In Our Boots 

Utilizing our VirTra police training simulator, our Use of Force instructors and I have shared a first-hand glimpse into the split-second decision making deputies face during different situations. Citizens, business owners, faith community leaders and elected officials from the local, county, state and federal level have all participated in this opportunity.

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations 

Trained both Sheriff's Office Deputies as well as recruit academy students at Marian University.

  • Vehicle Contacts

Trained deputies on the tactics of how to safely approach motor vehicles in situations ranging from a routine traffic stop to a high risk stop.

  • Stop the Bleed 

Working in conjunction with other first responder instructors from fire, EMS, and our local hospital system, this training teaches citizens how to provide medical care to themselves and others if injured in an active shooter situation. 

  • Civilian Response to Active Shooter 

Trained county employees and citizens on how to respond in the event of an active shooter situation.

  • Narco Pouch Field Test Kits 

Trained deputies in the safe and proper handling and testing of drugs seized during an investigation.

  • Firearms Instructor

  • Mobile Data Computers

Configured and trained law enforcement throughout Fond du Lac County on MobileCom and TraCS software systems.

  • Simunitions

Reality based use-of-force training utilizing non-lethal training weapons.

Over the past 24 years, I have had the honor and privilege to serve on and lead various special teams within the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office.

  • SWAT Team Sniper

  • SWAT Team Commander

  • Boat Patrol - Water Rescue 

  • K9 Program Coordinator

  • Crash Reconstructionist

  • Crash Reconstruction Program Coordinator 

  • Field Training Officer

  • Field Training Officer Program Coordinator

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COMMUNITY & PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

In order to serve the people of Fond du Lac County to the best of my ability, I prioritize engagement  with local committees and associations to understand the issues and concerns regarding our community.  

 

Staying active in professional associations affords me the opportunity to learn and implement best practices from other communities across the state and the county, while also staying current on new advancements in policing and new legislation that can impact Fond du Lac County.  

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PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

(PAST & PRESENT)

  • Badger State Sheriff Association (BSSA)

    • Currently serve on the Executive Committee as Secretary, elected to the position by fellow sheriffs from across the state​

  • FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA)

  • FBI National Academy Associates - Wisconsin Chapter 

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

  • National Rifle Association (NRA)

  • Association of SWAT Personnel (ASP)  

  • National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) 

COMMITTEES

(PAST & PRESENT)

  • Past President of the Fond du Lac County Law Enforcement Executive Association

  • Active Shooter - School Safety 

  • Child Abduction Response Team (CART) 

    • Public Information Officer Work Group

  • Courthouse Security Committee

  • Dispatch Review Committee

  • Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART)

  • Drug Court Committee 

  • Drug Free Communities Committee

  • Fond du Lac County Administrative Panel 

  • Fond du Lac County Highway Safety Coordinator

  • Fond du Lac County Highway Safety Grant Coordinator

  • Fond du Lac County Safety Committee

  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

  • Traffic Safety Committee

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

(PAST & PRESENT)

  • Invited to lead community parades throughout our county

  • Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office Benevolent Association 

    • Charter Member

    • Former Member of Scholarship Committee

  • Volunteer for Fond du Lac Coalition for a Drug Free Community 

  • Shop with a Cop

  • Town of Oakfield Planning Commission 

  • United Way of Fond du Lac Campaign Captain

  • United Way Committee for Fond du Lac County Government 

  • Fond du Lac County Fairest of the Fair Judge

  • Habitat for Humanity 

  • Holy Family Parish Council 

    • Pastoral Care Sub-Committee

  • Old Glory Honor Flight Veteran Guardian

  • Relay for Life 

  • Special Olympics of Wisconsin