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There’s a new sheriff in town
Gov. appoints Kanable to Skatrud’s Green County post
Cody Kanable
Cody Kanable Green County Sheriff

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday announced the appointment of Cody Kanable as Green County’s next sheriff, filling a vacancy created by Sheriff Jeff Skatrud’s pending retirement, effective June 30, 2024. 

Kanable will complete the remainder of Skatrud’s unexpired term — ending in January 2027 — before he faces voters in the county to hold onto the post. In addition to patrol functions in rural areas of the county, the sheriff also oversees courthouse security and the county jail.

“With 16 years of experience with the Green County Sheriff’s Office, starting as a patrol deputy in 2008 and reaching chief deputy earlier this year, Cody Kanable’s knowledge, experience, and professionalism will serve the people of Green County well,” said Gov. Evers, in a statement announcing the appointment.

During his tenure with the department, Kanable has held several key roles — canine handler, patrol sergeant, lieutenant, and SWAT team leader. He continued to rise through the ranks when, in October 2023, he was appointed undersheriff, and in February 2024, he became chief deputy. During his time with the Green County Sheriff’s Office, he also completed leadership training programs with both the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the National Tactical Officers Association.

Since announcing his retirement, Skatrud has supported the idea of Kanable being named his successor.

“Chief Deputy Kanable is a highly respected member of Green County’s law enforcement community and fully prepared to take on the responsibilities of Green County Sheriff,” said Skatrud. “I’m pleased to congratulate Cody and excited for the future of the Green County Sheriff’s Office.”

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Kanable lives in Brodhead with his family. His law enforcement work, meanwhile, has been recognized with awards from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handlers Association, and the North American Police Work Dog Association.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Sheriff of Green County,” said Kanable in Evers’ press release. “The ability to lead our deputies and staff into the future comes with great responsibility, and with the support of our community and my family, I know we will be successful. I look forward to working collaboratively to overcome challenges and strengthen our relationships in the county.”