(Juneau) The challenger in the race for Dodge County sheriff says a change in leadership is needed. Mark Colker, who is a 24-year law enforcement veteran, notes a high turnover rate at the sheriff’s department in recent years. Colker says according to the current sheriff’s annual reports, there have been 45 hires made within the last three years. He says that means there were 45 vacancies and he believes currently there are more than that.
Colker says Sheriff Dale Schmidt attributes the staff turnover to retirements but he points to another cause. He says the environment at the agency is not what it should be and staff are not (quote) “being treated how they should be.” Colker says his approach is to treat everyone like people, and make them feel valued, wanted, and needed. He adds that if good leadership is put in place, people will work for less money and will want to stay.
During yesterday’s appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Colker said if-elected he will have a stronger handle on reducing crime. He says the current sheriff is performing far below the national standard in crime reduction.