Paid for By: Citizens to Elect Ryan Waldschmidt Sheriff 

Sara Waldschmidt, Treasurer 

MEET RYAN 

Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little bit more about me!  My wife Sara and I were both born and raised in Fond du Lac and met during high school while working at Mill’s Fleet Farm.  We have been married for 15 years, currently live in the Town of Oakfield and are active members in Holy Family Catholic Community. We enjoy donating time to local non-profit organizations that give back to our community. In our free time we love traveling and spending time with family and friends, but equally enjoy quiet time together at home. 

 

I am an avid outdoorsman who likes to hunt, spend time in nature, and any activity that involves sitting in the tractor seat including tilling, mowing, landscaping, or snow-blowing. I also enjoy working on vehicles and drumming along to favorite songs on my drum set. 

The call to serve my community started at a very young age.  Growing up on Morris Street, I used to watch the Sheriff squads drive by my house on their way to the gas pumps at the highway department.  Deputies would sometimes flash their lights or blip their siren at my brother and I as we ran to the edge of the yard waving to them.  At that age, I didn’t know exactly what being a Sheriff’s Deputy was all about but I knew I wanted to be one someday! 

 

Fast forward to when I was 16 years old and met a Fond du Lac Police officer running radar across the street from my house.  He oversaw the local Police Explorer Post and encouraged me to join and learn more about the profession.  My desire to pursue a career in law enforcement was solidified in the very first ride-along I had with that officer.

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 follow my career progression on the "Through the Ranks"  page. 

 

I truly feel I am the most qualified candidate for the position, and it would be my honor and privilege to be elected your next Sheriff.  Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me, and I would very much appreciate your vote on August 14th.

 

CONTINUOUS LEARNING

Education
  • MARIAN UNIVERSITY - FOND DU LAC ( 1999 )

    • Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice

  • FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE - APPLETON ( 1998 )

    • Associate Degree in Police Science

  • ST. MARY'S SPRINGS ACADEMY -  FOND DU LAC ( 1996 )

    • High School Diploma

Leadership Development

  • FBI National Academy - Session 262

    • Leadership for Law Enforcement 

    • Managing Organizational Change

    • Contemporary Issues in Police - Media Relations 

    • Critical Incident Leadership

  • 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 and Leadership

  • Tactical Command, Control and Leadership

  • Northwestern University 

    • Supervision of Police Personnel

  • Sophia Foundation - Leadership Learning Circle

  • Leadership Fond du Lac

Instructor

Throughout my career with the Sheriff's Office, 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.

  • Civilian Response to the Active Shooter

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

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations

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

  • Firearms

  • Mobile Data Computers

    • Configured and trained law enforcement through Fond du Lac County on MobileCom and TraCS software systems

  • NarcoPouch - Drug Field Test Kits

  • Simunitions 

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

  • Vehicle Contacts 

    • Training deputies on the tactics of how to safely approach motor vehicles in situations ranging from a basic traffic stop to a high-risk stop

 

COMMITTEES 

COMMITTEES 

  • 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 (2014-2016)

  • 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

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

 
  • FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA)

  • FBI National Academy Associates - Wisconsin Chapter 

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

  • Association of SWAT Personnel (ASP)  - Former Member 

  • National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) - Former Member

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

Over the past 20 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 (FTO) 

  • Field Training Officer Program Coordinator

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Current Community Involvement

  • Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office Benevolent Association

    • Charter Member

    • Former Member of Scholarship Committee

  • 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 

Previous Community Involvement

  • 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