The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department’s second-in-command is hoping to take over the agency’s top spot.
Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf on Tuesday announced his candidacy for sheriff surrounded by family, colleagues and supporters. Sheriff Steve Helgeson has not publicly announced whether he will seek re-election.
“I can assure you that I am committed to maintaining the excellent services that the sheriff’s office provides to the citizens of La Crosse County,” Wolf said.
As chief deputy, Wolf manages the department’s $11.2 million budget and oversees its divisions, which include the county jail and patrol and investigative units.
He has worked as a patrol deputy and sergeant and investigative sergeant and captain, as well as served on local and state task forces, during his 30 years with the agency. He was promoted to chief deputy in 2007.
If elected, Wolf said he will continue to address jail overcrowding, mental health issues plaguing the facility and drug epidemics affecting the community.
“I will continue to be diligent in our investigations as it relates to drug dealers and those criminals who threaten us to ensure the safety of our families,” he said.
Wolf, a lifelong resident of La Crosse County, is the first candidate in the sheriff’s race. The primary election is Aug. 14, and the general election is Nov. 6.