Sheriff Outlines Spillman Benefits, Drawbacks

4/4/17 – Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt offered a detailed presentation of Spillman to city officials at Monday night’s Beaver Dam Common Council meeting. His department is in the process of implementing a countywide records management system that would link 17 local municipal law enforcement agencies together. The sheriff broke down the costs saying that after two computer systems are replaced with Spillman the costs to the city would only be a couple thousand dollars more annually. Schmidt outlined the drawbacks of opting out, including Beaver Dam being separated from the rest of the county; the city maintaining all Information Technology related issues; city budgeting for sole maintenance of their system; no connectivity other than radio; and decreased services and safety for the community. The benefits he says includes having the county manage the system; the city having direct access to Spillman for maintenance issues and full connectivity to dispatch. Last night’s presentation was informational and negotiations with the city are ongoing. The matter will come back before the council for a final decision at a future meeting. Spillman is slated to go live, countywide on December 11.