Paid for By: Citizens to Elect Ryan Waldschmidt Sheriff 

Sara Waldschmidt, Treasurer 

Why I'm Running for Fond du Lac County Sheriff

Born and raised in Fond du Lac, I have called this community home my entire life.  My wife and I are among the many thousands of people that call Fond du Lac home including our families, friends, and  coworkers. I am running for Sheriff because I have a vested interest in the safety and security of my fellow residents and I want to lead an agency whose purpose is to serve and protect our community. I have a desire to use the skills I have developed over a life-long career of public service to confront the new challenges our community faces every day. I believe I have the  LEADERSHIP, EXPERIENCE, and TRUST needed to successfully lead the Sheriff's Office into the future. I view the role of Sheriff as being larger than just one person. Rather, it is the cumulative effort of over 150 employees who work hard to serve our community every day of the year, and I'm excited for the opportunity to learn from them and lead them. 

LEADERSHIP

A Sheriff’s office is a complex entity in and of itself.  Add to that the ever-increasing demands of our complex society and it becomes quite clear that in order to be successful, the Sheriffs Office must be led by a strong, experienced leader.

  • My progression through the ranks has allowed me to work with, and learn from, many great leaders, both within the Sheriff's Office and throughout our community.  This has allowed me to develop my own set of strong leadership skills that I will continue to draw upon when making decisions.

  • I firmly believe leadership should extend beyond the boundaries of the Sheriff’s Office, which is why I donate my time to non-profit organizations that give back to the community like the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office Benevolent Association and the Fond du Lac United Way.  

EXPERIENCE

I have had the opportunity to experience almost every aspect of the Sheriff's Office, from line level to administrative positions in both the law enforcement and jail divisions. I will be able to draw on my experiences from all ends of the spectrum to make the best possible decisions in critical situations.  The following are just a few examples of experiences that have shaped me into the leader I am today. 

  • Issuing warnings for minor traffic violations, to managing felony homicide crash investigations

  • Ensuring boater safety by patrolling Lake Winnebago on a warm sunny day, to rescuing victims on the lake during severe storms

  • Serving as a tactical member of the SWAT team, to overseeing complex tactical operations as the SWAT team commander

  • Booking an inmate into jail, to implementing a new automated overtime call-in system, allowing jail staff time to focus on jail operations rather than spending time on the phone

  • Purchasing basic equipment for a uniform, to planning the annual department budget

TRUST

The various roles I've held in the Sheriff’s Office have allowed me the opportunity to forge trusted relationships with both public and private entities as well as other law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level. By creating this professional network, I have been able to build a strong bond of trust between our office and other entities who all share the same mission of serving the community.  Additionally, my service to both the law enforcement and jail divisions of the Sheriffs Office has allowed me the opportunity to build mutual trust internally. As Sheriff, I will continue to work hard growing these trusted relationships and maintain a strong organization that protects and serves our community into the future.