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Meet Dave

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I’m glad you are taking a few minutes to learn more about me, my experiences, and my history in our community that have led me to be the next Eau Claire County Sheriff.

Growing up & Early Ties

I’m glad to have been connected to Eau Claire County for most of my life. I grew up in Altoona and enjoyed time with family, being outdoors, ATVing, on a lake, or hunting.  In high school, if it had an engine I probably broke & fixed it many times.

From a very early age I was involved with Scouting in Altoona.  I was a Tiger Cub, Cub Scout (Pack 90), and then a Boy Scout (Troop 90).  It was in Scouting where I learned the Scout values: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. 

I'm proud to call myself an Eagle Scout.


During my senior year of high school, I enlisted in the US Army, and shortly after graduation I shipped off to basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  Once basic training was over it was off to advanced training to become an Intelligence Analyst at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

My first duty station was in Würzburg, Germany and I was part of the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One).  Shortly after arriving in Germany, I was deployed to Kosovo as part of Kosovo Force (KFOR) under Operation Joint Guardian.  KFOR was a NATO led international peacekeeping operation.  I returned to Germany to complete my two years overseas assignment.  

My first stateside duty station was in Fort Polk, Louisiana and I was part of Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) Operations Group.  Our unit's mission was to train incoming units based on real world scenarios.  I was only supposed to be at Fort Polk for 14 months but then September 11th, 2001 took place and I remained on active duty under the "stop-loss" policy for another year.

In total, I served on active duty for five years.  Two of those years were serving overseas.

College Years

After I honorably discharged from the Army in 2003, I enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2006. Here I honed time management skills plus gained the foundational knowledge of the criminal justice system that continued to fuel my interest in the law enforcement profession.


I earned the following degree and certificates:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

  • Certificate in Death Investigation

  • Certificate in Cultures & Communities. 

Law Enforcement Career

After graduating from UWM in the Spring of 2006, I returned home to Altoona and attended the Chippewa Valley Technical College - Law Enforcement Academy.  In the Fall of 2006, I graduated this 520-hour academy and became a state certified Law Enforcement Officer.

Since 2007 I've been with the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office and have served the office in the following roles:

  • Correctional Officer

  • Patrol Deputy

  • Patrol Sergeant

  • Lieutenant & Assistant Jail Administrator

  • Captain & Jail Administrator

In these roles I've also taken on additional responsibilities as a:

  • Field Training Officer

  • Conduct Report Hearing Officer

  • Honor Guard

    • Member, Leader, and Commander​

  • Evidence Technician 

  • Crisis Negotiator

    • Member, Leader, and Commander​

  • Computer Forensic Investigator

  • Recreation Patrol Officer

  • SWAT Operator 

Family Life

My wife, BethAnn, and I have been married for 15 years and both work and live in the community in which we grew up. We enjoy time with our two children, who, like most, are growing up quickly. We are quickly approaching the “chauffeuring” phase of parenting, which is actually okay, as it’s pretty fun to watch them grow and learn in the things they enjoy. We’re lucky to have family nearby and get to spend time with them as well. Other spare moments are spent caring for our pooch and kitties, puzzling, and cheering for the Milwaukee Brewers.

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