Mylan C. Fink Jr.
Fond du Lac County Sheriff
19 June 2018
"When I ran for Sheriff in 2014, my main goal was to cultivate future leaders in the Sheriff’s Office.
Endorsing my successor is not something I take lightly, as he will be the future leader of the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office. I have a sense of obligation to the people who supported me during my years as your Sheriff to recommend the candidate whom I feel is best qualified to become our next Sheriff.
Based on his qualities of leadership, experience, and trust, it is an easy decision to endorse Captain Ryan Waldschmidt for Sheriff in the August 14th, 2018, Republican Primary.
As I watched Ryan mature over his 20+ year career, and watched him grow into so many roles and duties involving leadership, it became clear that he was going to be a future leader in this office. Ryan possesses a unique skill set that is a blend of common sense and intellect that is glaringly apparent. A combination of both of these skills is very rare. His dedication and energy to make himself the best deputy he can be has allowed him to achieve a thorough working knowledge of both the jail and law enforcement divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.
As I leave office, I am confident that under the leadership of “Sheriff Waldschmidt,” he will hold true to the Mission Statement of the Sheriff’s Office. He will uphold the image and traditions established by Sheriff’s who have been blessed to serve the citizens of Fond du Lac County, and he will continue to move the office forward with his own new visions. "
Sheriff Mick Fink
28 June 2018
FOND DU LAC FIREFIGHTERS ENDORSE RYAN WALDSCMHIDT FOR SHERIFF
Fond du Lac, WI June 28 – The Fond du Lac Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 0400 are pleased to announce official support for Ryan Waldschmidt for Fond du Lac County Sheriff.
“Since Ryan began his career in law enforcement 20 + years ago, he has continually sought to learn every aspect of the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office,” said Andrew Aird, President of Fond du Lac Professional Firefighters Local 0400, “The relationship between law enforcement and fire agencies is paramount, especially with the increasing threats we see in today’s society, and Ryan has made every effort to bridge those gaps and ensure we are all on the same page and at our best for the service of our citizens when disaster strikes.”
Throughout his career, Ryan has sought out new opportunities and has gained valuable
experience while moving up through the ranks and serving in virtually every position within the Sheriff’s Office. He has attended leadership and emergency management training across the country and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Ryan also serves as liaison for many local committees including the Fond du Lac County Fire Chiefs Association. He also shows his commitment to the community with involvement in several charitable organizations.
“We look forward to working with Ryan in the future and building upon a foundation of cooperation,” Aird said of the union’s support for Waldschmidt. “Through his experience and performance over his 20 years in law enforcement, Ryan Waldschmidt has proven to us that he has the integrity, the vision, and the will to be the next Fond du Lac County Sheriff – and we are proud to give him our endorsement,” Aird said.
Town Chairperson Endorsements
2 July 2018
Town of Lamartine
"I work with Ryan on numerous committees and have had the opportunity to see his passion and leadership at work. Ryan will provide the right leadership we need to continue at the Sheriff's Office!"
Town of Alto
"Continuity in an agency as large as our Sheriff's Office is important, and Ryan will provide that continuity in leadership for years to come."
Town of Auburn
"Ryan is well known in the community and provides strong leadership within the Sheriff's Office. I ask you to join me in supporting Ryan Waldschmidt for Sheriff!"
Town of Fond du Lac
"Ryan provides a wealth of knowledge and experience that serves the citizens of Fond du Lac County. As town chairperson for the town of Fond du Lac, Ryan is always willing to assist us with issues big and small, and has the skills and abilities needed to lead as our next Sheriff."
Town of Friendship
"I fully support Ryan in his run for Sheriff. I have had the pleasure of working with him on some issues for the town of Friendship. Ryan was very professional, knowledgeable and understanding. He has my vote!"
Town of Eldorado
"Ryan is always willing to assist us when it comes to protecting our citizens. I fully support him in his run for Sheriff and look forward to continuing to work with him on important issues in the future."
Town of Oakfield
"As a retired police detective, I know how important it is to have dependable, experienced leadership at the top. Ryan not only provides this leadership at the Sheriff's Office, but he also assists our township at the local level as a member of our Planning Commission. I am confident Ryan has the skills needed to be our next Sheriff."
Town of Byron
"As the chairperson of the town of Byron, I have gotten to know Ryan over the years. His leadership is what we are looking for in a Sheriff, and he has my full support!"
Town of Osceola
"Ryan has worked with us over the years to solve issues at the township level, and is always responsive to our needs. Join me in voting for him to become our next Sheriff!"
Randy Vande Slunt
Town of Waupun
"Ryan is the only qualified candidate to successfully fulfill the duties and responsibilities of Sheriff, and he has my vote"
Fond du Lac County Board Supervisors
9 July 2018
"Ryan has the qualities, experience, and leadership we need in our Sheriff to lead the Sheriff's Office into the future. He has my vote, and I hope you join me in voting for him as well. He is the best candidate for the job!"
"Ryan has served the citizens of Fond du Lac County well for many years. His collaborative mindset to tackle problems in our community is apparent in my work with him as a firefighter and as a county board supervisor, and we need that kind of collaborative leadership in a Sheriff. He has my vote!"
"Ryan provides a wealth of knowledge and experience that serves the citizens of Fond du Lac County. As a county board supervisor, Ryan is always willing to assist us with issues big and small, and has the skills and abilities needed to lead as our next Sheriff."
"Captain Waldschmidt is the only Sheriff’s candidate that has the substantive law enforcement experience to lead the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office into the coming years."
"Ryan has prepared himself to become our next Sheriff by progressing through the ranks, receiving the proper education and training, and working collaboratively with others to solve issues. He has my vote!"
"For the past six years, I have had the opportunity to train with and to observe Captain Ryan Waldschmidt as he has performed his many various duties for the Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Office. He has shown himself to be an incredibly bright, dedicated member of that organization. His drive to excel is evident in his approach to the job at hand, inquisitive nature in approaching situations and challenges, and commitment to educating himself in every aspect of his chosen profession. He is consistently compassionate to those who are afraid and in pain, and he is calm in the face of chaos. His ability to show that calm compassion serves him very well in creating order out of disorder and also serves to make those around him more productive, focused and capable when dealing with the situations they face. I have served as the Public Safety Chair of Fond du Lac County for the past four years, and it is my great honor to endorse Captain Waldschmidt in his campaign to become the next Sheriff of Fond du Lac County."
Martin E. Schroeder
Fond du Lac County Board Supervisor, District 16
"As a county board supervisor and chairperson, I have gotten to know Ryan over the years. His leadership is what we are looking for in a Sheriff, and he has my full support!"
"As a retired Sheriff's Captain and current county board supervisor, I have watched Ryan grow as a leader throughout the Sheriff's Office over the last 20+ years. His drive to not only develop his own skills, but also the skills of those he works with, is impressive and I am confident he will continue to develop quality leaders in all ranks through the Sheriff's Office. He is the only qualified candidate, and has my vote to become the next Fond du Lac County Sheriff!"
Former City Council President - City of Fond du Lac
13 July 2018
“I have known Ryan a long time. He’s a quality person, a good leader, and I know he’ll work hard to keep Fond du Lac County a safe place. I strongly endorse his candidacy for Fond du Lac County Sheriff”
Fond du Lac County Law Enforcement Executives
16 July 2018
“Ryan worked for me at the Brandon-Fairwater Police Department twenty years ago and continued to work with that agency throughout his career while he served as a Sheriff’s deputy, supervisor and administrator. Now as I serve as an administrator at a different police department, Ryan continues to work with my agency and is very responsive to our needs. I look forward to him becoming our next Sheriff.”
“Ryan has built close relationships with police departments throughout the county, and he continues to be there for us as a Sheriff’s Captain to assist local police departments however he can. I am confident he will maintain these relationships as Sheriff, and he has my vote!”
"Ryan and I have always had a great working relationship as we rose through the ranks of our respective agencies together. He has assisted our department in many ways over the years, and I look forward to continuing our relationship into the future. Please join me in voting Ryan Waldschmidt for Sheriff!"
"Ryan is always willing to help, and our agency maintains a great working relationship with the Sheriff's Office. We appreciate Ryan's ongoing efforts to maintain safe highways throughout the county, including our village. He has my vote!"
Village of North Fond du Lac Government Leaders
18 July 2018
Chief, North Fond du Lac Fire Department
“Ryan is a member of our Fond du Lac County Fire Chief's Association and is a great liaison between fire services throughout the county and law enforcement.”
Trustee, Village of North Fond du Lac
“Ryan is well known to be a solid leader among the law enforcement community. I fully support him in his run for Sheriff!”
Retired President, Village of North Fond du Lac
“The Village of North Fond du Lac appreciates the support Ryan has provided our Police Department and our community over the years. That kind of collaboration is what we need to continue into the future, and Ryan will provide that as Sheriff.”
Trustee and Retired EMS Director, Village of North Fond du Lac
“As a retired Fond du Lac County employee, as well as retired EMS Director and North Fond du Lac Fire Department Member, I’ve worked with Ryan in various roles through the years. His hard work and dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and our community has earned him my vote, and I encourage everyone to vote for him to become our next Sheriff.”
Retired Police Chiefs
29 June 2018
Retired Fond du Lac Police Department Chief
"I have known Ryan since he was a young boy. His law enforcement career got started at the age of 16 as a Police Explorer with the Fond du Lac Police Department and I have watched him progress through the ranks of the Sheriff's Office over the years. He is a solid leader, proven Law Enforcement partner and active community member. Ryan will make a great Sheriff and he has my vote!"
20 July 2018
City of Fond du Lac
“Ryan is a great example of someone who truly wants to serve his community as the county’s top law enforcement official. He’s worthy of your vote and he won’t betray your vote of confidence in him.”
City of Waupun
“I've known Ryan for many years, and he is always willing to assist other agencies like the Waupun Police Department in any way he can. He is a great leader, has a strong moral compass, operates with integrity, and I am confident he will be a great Sheriff. He has my vote!"
Village of Campbellsport
“As a retired Campbellsport Police Chief and Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Deputy, I fully support Ryan in his run for Sheriff. I have known him for his entire law enforcement career and he has the training and experience necessary to successfully run the Sheriff's Office.”
City of Ripon
“Ryan Waldschmidt is qualified to lead the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office because of his management and leadership experience within the office. In addition to that, his education and training has prepared him to lead the office effectively. He will be able to hit the ground running and provide a seamless management transition to the office of Sheriff.”
Retired Fond du Lac County Sheriffs
Retired Fond du Lac County Sheriff
29 July 2018
"I first met Ryan in 1996 when we chose him to receive a law enforcement education scholarship in honor of our late Sheriff Dan Sondergard. I then had the honor of swearing Ryan in as a Reserve Deputy in 1998 and he has moved upward in the Sheriff’s Office ever since. He has held nearly every position in the office and has progressed to third in command there. I believe he has the knowledge, experience and temperament to lead this fine agency and therefore I wholeheartedly endorse Ryan Waldschmidt to be your next Sheriff."
Retired Fond du Lac County Sheriff
29 July 2018
"Twenty years ago, I made a decision to step up in the Sheriff's Department and seek the Office of Sheriff. That was a very difficult decision, but with the confidence that I could do the job along with the support of my family and friends, I met the challenge and went forth. The rest is history.
We have all shared 12 more years after I left office under the superb care and direction of Sheriff Mick Fink. For me, it has been an assuring period of time since we all stood up and elected Mick. He has done a remarkable job building our confidence that we made the correct decision in his leadership as Sheriff. He faced many difficult tasks and I applaud his handling of each.
My friends, once again, it is time to elect a new Sheriff. For me, this is a choice that comes extremely easy. A dedicated, solid law enforcement candidate has presented himself with a background that I see as flawless. He defined his goals since the first day he was a recruit. Education, life experiences, law enforcement background along with community standing, dedication and support of his co-workers from corrections all the way through our law enforcement community is most admirable.
This man is Ryan Waldschmidt. I know I am repeating myself, but this is an easy decision for me to make. I feel as a continued obligation of my duties having served as your Sheriff, I still owe each of you an open expression of my position in the election process. Ryan is my choice. With absolute confidence, I support and endorse him as our “New Sheriff in Town.” I ask that you step up and review his qualifications and ambition in becoming our Sheriff. Please help elect Ryan Waldschmidt on August 14th!
Looking forward to many more years of quality leadership, continued stability, along with service and protection we can all enjoy and expect.
Current and Former Fond du Lac County District Attorneys
Fond du Lac County District Attorney
30 July 2018
When Sheriff Fink told me four years ago that this term would be his last, I immediately thought of only one name as his replacement - Ryan Waldschmidt. As Fond du Lac County District Attorney, I’ve had the privilege to work directly with and watch Ryan earn his promotions to the positions of lieutenant, assistant jail administrator, and captain of operations. I am impressed with Ryan’s intelligence, leadership and common sense as we work together to address drug issues, highway safety, chapter 980 violent sex offenders, and many other important issues.
On a personal level, Ryan and I have volunteered together to assist Drug Free Communities. While working with Ryan I have had the opportunity to observe his deep understanding, compassion and desire to fight the opioid and drug epidemic. Ryan understands we cannot arrest our way out of this epidemic and has worked diligently to develop programs to solve the underlying cause of the issue. As an example, Ryan successfully worked to expand drug testing in the jail for Drug Court and Diversion Program participants, allowing us to better monitor their compliance. Additionally, Ryan’s leadership and ability to take initiative is also proven by his actions to reduce deaths and serious crashes we experience on our highways. His efforts in highway safety are resulting in the formation of a Crash Team, which allows us to better prosecute criminal crashes.
Based upon my time getting to know Ryan professionally and personally, I can say without question that nobody is better qualified nor do I trust anyone more to become our next Sheriff than Captain Ryan Waldschmidt. It is with great privilege that I endorse Ryan Waldschmidt for Sheriff, and ask that you join me in voting for him in the August 14th Republican primary.
Former Fond du Lac County District Attorney
Ryan has the training, experience, and ideas to solve problems we face, and has my full support and endorsement in his run for Sheriff!
Former Fond du Lac County District Attorney
Ryan is a true professional dedicated to service of others throughout his career. He's demonstrated the sound judgment and outstanding work ethic in his rise through the ranks that's prepared him to become Fond du Lac County's next Sheriff, and he has my full support!
Former Fond du Lac County District Attorney
I know Ryan personally and professionally and worked closely with him when he and I were both instructors at Marian University. Ryan is a solid leader who shares his vast knowledge and experience with others, and has my support to become our next Sheriff.
County Executive endorses Captain Ryan Waldschmidt for County Sheriff
Fond du Lac County Executive
30 July 2018
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, the voters of Fond du Lac County will decide who will lead the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office for the next four years. I strongly support Captain Ryan Waldschmidt to be the next Fond du Lac County Sheriff.
I have worked with Captain Waldschmidt on different projects between my office and the Sheriff’s Office and have found him to be a strong leader who advocates for needs of the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the overall needs of the people of the county.
When I look at Ryan’s credentials, he clearly is the most qualified individual to be Sheriff. He has risen through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office because he has performed admirably in every position he held. Now as Captain, he is directly responsible in leading department staff, on behalf of the Sheriff, and helping to manage the $14 million budget required for the Sheriff’s Office and the Jail, in addition to leading well over 100 employees to carry out the mission of the Sheriff’s Office. Ryan has a passion for what he does, along with good common sense and strong leadership skills which make him the most qualified candidate. I look forward to working with him as the next Fond du Lac County Sheriff.
I ask that you join me in voting for Ryan Waldschmidt on August 14th.
Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy
6 August 2018
Ryan Waldschmidt is clearly the only Sheriff candidate that can continue the stability and uphold the mission statement of our Sheriff’s Office. Ryan has followed a path of progression through the ranks, gaining the experience and knowledge necessary to be an effective Sheriff. Education has also been a priority, not only in college but beyond with his work at the FBI National Academy and pursuit of other academic opportunities. I fully endorse Ryan in his run for Sheriff!
Fond du Lac City Council Member
6 August 2018
Captain Ryan Waldschmidt is the clear-cut choice for Fond du Lac County Sheriff. He has an intricate understanding of the operations within the office, and of the community needs throughout Fond du Lac County. Those two qualities position him to continue the excellent tradition of the Sheriff’s Office, while always looking for ways to improve for the better. Ryan Waldschmidt has my full support and endorsement.
Retired Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office Captain of Operations
6 August 2018
As a retired Captain of the Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Office and Law Enforcement Liaison of the Wisconsin State Patrol Bureau of Transportation Safety, I strongly endorse Ryan Waldschmidt for Sheriff. He has the education, training, experience, and common sense for the job. He has the integrity and the respect of colleagues and citizens. He is a forward thinker and well prepared to be an effective leader as Sheriff of Fond du Lac County.
Fire Chief Brandon Fairwater Fire Department
6 August 2018
I have had the honor of working with Ryan Waldschmidt on the county level over the past few years as members of the Fond du Lac County Fire Chiefs Association. I feel that Ryan has the right set of tools to become the next Sheriff of Fond du Lac County. I am proud to endorse Ryan for Sheriff.
Unanimous support for Waldschmidt from fellow law enforcement leaders
7 August 2018
To the Citizens of Fond du Lac County,
Ryan Waldschmidt has served as Captain of Operations with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office for the last two years. He has earned his way through the ranks and has 20+ years of learning the various roles within the office. This represents 20 years of continuous improvement and growing responsibility.
When Captain Waldschmidt took command of the Patrol Division, one of his goals was to implement a more inclusive management style, in contrast to the traditional top-down leadership style often found in law enforcement. He is inclusive in his decision making which makes the staff he works with more cohesive and better able to serve each other and the community. He encourages our employees to live up to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office mission statement which reminds us to serve others with "respect, fairness and compassion."
Captain Waldschmidt has been heavily involved with every facet of the criminal justice system, working with many different entities and community organizations. His demeanor is always professional and results in positive outcomes for the citizens of Fond du Lac County. He has the respect of his colleagues and peers, and has a true passion to create a positive impact on the community and the people served by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office. This desire is demonstrated daily through his professional and personal actions.
As members of the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office administrative and supervisory teams of both the Jail Division and Patrol Division, we are proud to unanimously endorse Ryan Waldschmidt for the Office of Sheriff.
Mark Strand, Donna Whitty, Kevin Galske, Jim Borgen, Tyler Broderick, Kelly Schellinger, Debra Boelk, Rob Beistle, Rachel Biertzer, Casey Gigstead, Henry Guell, Amy Hansen, Kevin Koelbl, Jake Kowalski, Michelle Lafferty, Amanda Meeuwsen, Lance Penn, Chris Dobyns, Cameron McGee, Mike Nolan, William Tadych, Jeff Bonack, Eric Halbach, Nick Kahnke, Paul Metzger, Paul Rottscholl and Ryan Zitlow