GOP primary Tuesday for sheriff's nomination|
There are yard signs, newspaper ads and door-to-door visits leading to a spirited election Tuesday for the Republican nomination going into the fall election for Langlade County sheriff.
Sam Wurtinger of Antigo and Joseph Stegall of Bryant will both working toward the Nov. 4 election versus incumbent Bill Greening.
Running as the lone Democrat, Greening is seeking his third, four-year term as the county’s top law enforcement officer.
Joseph Stegall has resided in Langlade County for his entire life and is looking to lead an agency at which he is currently employed.
Raised at White Lake where he graduated with the class of 1982, the married father of five and grandfather to four has been a corrections officer in the Langlade County Jail since 2004 and most recently, he became a business owner in the timber industry by opening a small-time logging operation.
He from the Correctional Training Center at UW-Oshkosh in 2001. The program, overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, provides training in supervision of individuals who are incarcerated as well as ensuring the safety of inmates and jail employees.
Retaining Langlade County residency, Stegall was hired in 2001 at the Racine Correctional Institution and remained at the facility for a short time before taking on employment at Wisconsin’s oldest prison, the Waupun Correctional Institution.
Although not citing any specifics, he said there have been various expressed concerns which convinced him to seek the position.
“I have no problem with Bill (incumbent Sheriff Greening). I have worked with him for the past several years, but I feel that if you are not happy with something and you can try to make a change, then you should do it,” he said.
Citing a responsibility in the protection of people’s rights he said that if elected, he would be a more ‘hands-on’ person, attending to the concerns of both the public and the sheriff’s department personnel.
An Antigo High School graduate, Wurtinger attended Nicolet Technical College where he pursued an education in emergency medical services. Beginning his career in 1987 with Crawford Ambulance Service, he remained active in the field through the early 1990s, joining the City of Antigo Fire Department when the agency was selected to provide ambulance services throughout the county. It was during that time that he also served as Langlade County’s chief deputy coroner.
Accepting a job as a corrections officer with the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department in 1995, he later attended the Law Enforcement Academy at Northeast Technical College and received a diploma in criminal justice, allowing him employment as a part-time sheriff’s deputy while still performing full-time duties as a supervisor within the jail.
While maintaining his residence locally, Wurtinger advanced his career by accepting a full-time position as a sheriff’s deputy with the Forest County Sheriff’s Department. He completed courses through Union Institute University in 2006, receiving training in community policing, policy and procedures and police technologies.
He holds certifications in the state’s traffic and criminal software program, serving as the department’s system administrator. He additionally oversees administration of the agency’s video management systems (in-car video recording cameras), working closely with state patrol radio technicians and the Department of Transportation in keeping technology up to date to ensure effective communications with Wisconsin’s Department of Justice computer databases.
Wurtinger is also currently employed as a part-time police officer for the City of Crandon with a focus on maintenance and upkeep of the agency’s databases.
“I would like to see all of our deputies receive more training opportunities in advanced drug enforcement. As law enforcement technologies change, so do the criminals. They continue to develop strategies in finding ways to manufacture, sell, purchase and smuggle illegal narcotics within our communities,” he said.
Betterment of department morale is also a concern.
Polls are open from 7a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout Langlade County.
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