Paid for By: Citizens to Elect Ryan Waldschmidt Sheriff 

Sara Waldschmidt, Treasurer 

Drugs are just one of the many important issues we face in law enforcement. However, the drug problem is not just a law enforcement problem. It is a deeper societal issue that takes a collaborative effort on many different fronts to address.

I have been part of numerous initiatives that have worked to combat our drug problem. Below are just some of the efforts I have been involved in:

• Jail liaison to the Drug Court Program, which gives low level drug users the opportunity to change their lives and make better decisions in the future, while still holding them accountable for their past actions
• Obtained electronic urinalysis readers for the jail that are used to test Drug Court participants and inmates for fast and accurate results
• Member of a team that created a Vivitrol program for inmates being released from jail in an effort to reduce relapse upon release
• Implemented a Narcan program for both the jail and patrol divisions that has already saved lives
• Coordinated the effort to obtain our current K9, Koda, who along with his handler have been very successful in taking drugs off our streets
• Currently work with Drug-Free Communities to collaboratively address drug issues in our community, and volunteer with them to support their cause

In addition to continuing the initiatives above, looking forward to the future I would like to:


• Certify two additional patrol deputies as Drug Recognition Experts to assist in the investigation of drug impaired drivers, which continues to be a concern on our highways
• Explore potential grant funded opportunities to obtain a second K9
• Continue to collaborate with and assign a deputy to the Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG Unit), a multi-county drug task force that combines local, state, and federal agents to combat drugs in northeast Wisconsin, including all of Fond du Lac County
• Analyze and adapt new multi-agency partnership programs such as our Release Advance Planning program to best serve inmates with an action plan prior to release from jail in an effort to reduce reoffending
• As a current member of a panel of local officials representing Fond du Lac County in a multi-county lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, I will continue to represent our Sheriff’s Office and county in this important initiative to hold large pharmaceutical companies accountable for their role in our current opioid crisis

As I ask for your vote on August 14th, I believe it is important to consider the proven experience I have working with members of our community to address our drug issues. The trusted relationships I have built with others who share a desire to collaboratively combat our drug problem will be very beneficial in my efforts to implement the new initiatives listed above in the future.

As is the case in most occupations, the Sheriff’s Office is continually challenged to “do more with less” resources. It is imperative that we be fiscally responsible and good stewards of the budget funded by the taxpayers of Fond du Lac County. I am always looking for ways to continuously improve our operations and increase efficiencies. Throughout my career, I have sought opportunities to increase efficiencies in both the law enforcement and jail divisions of our office as illustrated below:

• Transitioned from an all-paper policy manual to a digital policy manual
• Installed electronic urinalysis readers in the jail to conduct drug testing of drug court participants
• Created an automated overtime call-in procedure in the jail, greatly reducing the amount of time it takes staff to complete a call-in process
• Utilized new software that automatically redacts personal information such as social security and bank account numbers from reports, saving records personnel time reviewing these reports prior to release
• At the recommendation of patrol deputies, transitioned our squad fleet from smaller sedans to larger SUVs that provide a safer, more comfortable entry and exit and faster access to emergency equipment stored in the rear. The squad car serves as a “mobile office” that our deputies spend many hours in every shift, and it is important to provide them with an “office” that is not only more comfortable, but also more ergonomic to reduce workplace injuries and make them more efficient at their job

Looking forward, I would like to research and implement the following initiatives to improve efficiency:

• Implement speech to text software to save support staff time preparing reports
• Transition the growing list of clerical related duties currently placed on patrol supervisors, such as highway safety grant data entry and prisoner transport phone calls and paperwork, to civilian support staff so patrol supervisors can focus on their patrol related duties
• Create a security services unit that handles City/County Government Center security, court security, and prisoner transports. We currently use patrol deputies, supervisors, and even detectives to fulfill the ever-increasing court security and transport duties. Prisoner transport hours have increased dramatically in the past 5 years - the equivalent of one full-time deputy. We have essentially removed one full-time deputy from patrol to meet the increase in demand for prisoner transports. Creating a separate unit will keep more patrol deputies on patrol, supervisors supervising, detectives investigating, and greater efficiency completing prisoner transports and other security related duties
• Integrate a firearms training range into the county highway department construction project, which will reduce round-trip drive time from an hour per training session to just a few minutes. This greatly reduced travel time would reduce fuel costs and increase training time on the range for our deputies

Many of the ideas for improvements listed above have come from correctional and patrol deputies I work closely with on a daily basis. As a leader, it is important to listen to the needs of the employees you work with and implement changes that help them do their job better, safer, and more efficiently. I have a history of doing this in the past, and will certainly continue to do this in the future.

Highway safety has been a top priority for the Sheriff’s Office my entire career.  As a crash reconstructionist for many years, I have seen first-hand the devastation that reckless, drunk, and other careless driving can cause on our highways.  In the past, I have been part of the following initiatives that work to prevent crashes, and hold accountable those that cause these tragedies through criminal driving behavior on our roadways:

• Obtained a robotic total station device that is used to document evidence at a scene and create detailed and precise scale diagrams of that scene

• Built a close working relationship with crash reconstructionists from other agencies to share ideas, equipment, and training opportunities

• Obtained $220,000 in federal highway safety grant funding to pay for additional patrols on our roads and highways in the last two years

• Created a county-wide highway safety task force consisting of officers from nearly every agency in the county

• Allocated well over $100,000 of the grant funding toward extra patrol on State Highway 23 east of Fond du Lac in an effort to keep that highway safe until permanent improvements are made

In the future, I plan to:

• Continue to support efforts to get the State Highway 23 reconstruction project back under way

• Continue to obtain federal highway safety grant funding to sustain our county-wide highway safety task force

• Train and certify two additional patrol deputies as Drug Recognition Experts to provide a more thorough investigation of drugged driving

• Explore potential grant funded opportunities to obtain a second K9, and maintain our ongoing drug enforcement efforts with both small and large-scale drug interdiction initiatives with other agencies   

• Integrate a Sheriff’s Office impound building into the county highway department construction project where crash reconstructionists can analyze and store vehicles involved in crashes resulting in significant criminal charges

Every year innocent lives are needlessly lost on our highways.  It is important for our Sheriff’s Office to maintain a well-trained and equipped crash reconstruction team to investigate severe crashes to determine what happened. This holds those who cause the crashes accountable for their reckless or intoxicated operation of a vehicle and provides answers to families of victims.  We must also continue our efforts to maintain motorist compliance with traffic laws through a visible presence of law enforcement on our highways.