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La Crosse Sheriff says it’s a good time to retire




The timing is right for a new sheriff in La Crosse County, according to the current sheriff, who’s not seeking re-election in November.

The sheriff recently announced he won’t run again in November, and just began his 35th year in law enforcement last week.

“I think now is a good time,” Wolf told WIZM’s La Crosse Talk last Thursday. “We got a lot of energy, and staff coming up through the ranks, and I think now is a good time that we continue with all the good things we’ve done, and time to step down.”

Wolf said a good sheriff should be a good listener and have trust in his staff. He added that the three staff members who are running to succeed him are all well-qualified.

An August primary will be scheduled because there are two declared Republican candidates — Fritz Leinfelder and Marte Peterson. John Siegel is the only Democrat in the race so far.

Recruiting and keeping good law officers is a goal that Wolf wants to maintain.

Wolf said he doesn’t want to “make it into something where there’s a great deal of oversight and second-guessing everything we do, so I think that’s part of the future, is recruitment and retention, and to take a strong leader to do that as well.”

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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