Fellow citizens of Florence County,
In the past 29 years of serving you, I have met many people, yet we may not know much about each other. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about myself and explain why I am uniquely qualified to continue to serve you. I ask for your continued support in the upcoming election.
My private life
My wife Cindy and I are fortunate to have four adult children in our blended family.
Becky 1995 graduate of Port Washington High school is employed by Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee as a supply chain management engineer. A graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering and Marquette University.
Gregory a 1999 graduate of Florence High school is married and living in Enterprise, Alabama. After a 15 year career as a certified broadcast engineer (he started at WJNR-FM in Iron Mountain) he’s now Director of Engineering at WebDevStudios.
Geoffrey a 2001 graduate of Florence High school is married and living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he works as a driver for E.H. Wolf & Sons, Inc.. He also serviced in the National Guard Field Artillery Battery 1-121FA C, and saw action in Afghanistan.
Adam a 2004 graduate of Florence High School and NWTC with a degree in Criminal Justice living in Homestead and working as a corrections officer at the Florence County Sheriff’s Department.
What I believe
Most importantly, my compass in life is my belief in God. I enjoy my relationship with Jesus Christ, it continues to provide me with strong direction and is a continuous reminder that I am here to serve you, not myself.
I’m a conservative person with a strong belief in personal rights guaranteed under our constitution. I have taken an oath to uphold the constitution of the State of Wisconsin and United States. As a reminder, a copy of our constitution has been in my briefcase and on my desk for the past 39 years of service.
A little about me
I lived and worked for the first 33 years of my life in Ashwaubenon, a suburb of Green Bay, a block from Lambeau field. I was fortunate to be one of the kids with the opportunity to let Packer players ride their bike from the practice field to the locker room. One of my most valued memories from that time is an over-sized 1965 Packer postcard with 32 original Packer autographs of the team.
I once asked Ray Nitschke for some advice on playing football, I’ll never forget it when he bent over and looked at me (missing most of his teeth) and said “Kid, hit or be hit”, simple to the point. Looking back it was pretty nice for him to take the time to talk with me. My first paying job was selling popcorn at Lambeau field.
I was fortunate to have parents that took the time with me too. We spent a lot of time outdoors, my dad an avid fisherman had us out nearly every weekend. My enjoyment of the outdoors was enhanced by scouting. I spent many years at various levels of scouting obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in high school. My mom was a great cook and taught me a lot about the kitchen and gardening. I still enjoy both, having 3 vegetable gardens, my wife Cindy and I grow and preserve much of our own food.
Why did I come to Florence County?
To make a difference in a community with strong schools, conservative values and abundant outdoor opportunities. I had been visiting Florence County since 1974 and owned property here since 1979. My prior experience as a Public Safety Officer for the Village of Ashwaubenon gave me a unique understanding of emergency service. I was trained as a Fire fighter, Paramedic and Police Officer. When I was appointed Sheriff of Florence County by Governor Thompson in 1989, my prior experience was invaluable in managing police services and developing dispatching for rescue and fire services. I felt I could partner with you and make our community a safe and desirable place to live.
Why seek the Coroner position?
Our Coroner of over 25 years Mary Johnson is retiring and has asked me to run for her position. The Coroner position is part time or as someone humorously put it “as needed” work. Working alongside our present coroner has been great experience and people wonder what the connection is.
The Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s Office work closely to investigate the cause of someone’s death often with overlapping authority yet different responsibilities. My 39 years of law enforcement experience combined with my medical background provide a basis for this type of work. I think my faith-based perspective will allow me to be a helpful and comforting person for families in these very difficult times of their life. I would like to continue to serve the people of the community in this way. As a result, people will see my name on the August primary ballot for the position of Coroner.