The Monroe Times contacted candidates in area races and gave them the opportunity to submit profile information. The following profiles were returned and are published below as they were submitted. Republican Mark Rohloff, Republican Kristen Hasse and Republican Barbara Miller are running unopposed in the Nov. 4 general election.
Position sought: Green County Sheriff
City/town of residence: Town of Jefferson
Family: Married to Suzanne for 35 years. Six children, and three grandchildren. We have been residents of Green County for 29 years.
Education: Graduated from Janesville Craig High School. Attended USAF Basic Training and Advance Technical Training Honor Graduate. Cross trained to Military Police upon entry into the Wisconsin National Guard. Attended Blackhawk Technical College for Police Academy and advanced coursework. Graduate of Northwestern University, School of Police Staff and Command. Certified Emergency Management from Department of Homeland Security, Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, MD
Occupation: Currently serving as Sheriff of Green County since gubernatorial appointment in 2013. Previously employed in law enforcement for 34 years with the Monroe, Janesville, and Brodhead Police Departments.
Previous elected positions held: None
What are the top issues facing this district/board/office and how would you work to resolve them?
In recent years, numerous added responsibilities and mandates on law enforcement have been a detractor from our essential functions of patrol, corrections, and court services. To stem the departure, administration needs to actively seek methods to boost services and promote efficiency. I am looking to change operations, and adjust manpower to match commitments. I also have an eye on technological advancement that allows for more independence from the office environment, and keep patrol cars on the road.
We also have concerns with the increase of illicit drug addiction cases and its direct relationship to property crimes. Frequently we find the offenders arrested for one offense type are perpetrators of the other. Although already invested in a regional drug team and canine program, I have made provisions for a tracking program to locate stolen property and salvageable items at pawn shops and second hand dealers. It is anticipated to increase both arrests and recovered property amounts.
The financing of government services has always been a concern of elected officials and taxpayers alike. The mandate has been to do more with less, because good government always should live within it means. That is why I strive to have a cost-benefit analysis of both current operations and future purchasing. I also make use of available state and federal grant monies to supplement our budget, establish fees for ancillary services, and seek reimbursements for damages incurred by others.
What are other key issues facing the district/board/office, and how would you work to resolve them?
The Department has an aging infrastructure that has tested the capabilities of normal maintenance. As repair and replacement become inevitable, I would insure that a long-term plan is instituted to guard costs, meet future needs, and support the operations of our emergency services affiliates throughout the county.