Gov. Walker Appoints New Waushara County Sheriff

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Mon 4:36 PM, Jan. 27, 2014

Governor Scott Walker announced the appointment of Waushara County Patrol Lieutenant Jeffrey L. Nett as the next Waushara County Sheriff.

Lt. Nett began his career in law enforcement with the Wisconsin State Patrol in 1981. After a year in Sheboygan as a Motor Vehicle Inspector, Lt. Nett took a trooper position in Waushara County. He continued to work for the State Patrol in Waushara County until joining the sheriff’s department in 2003. As the Patrol Lieutenant for the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Nett supervises 14 road deputies and oversees the day to day operations of the patrol division, while remaining on-call 24 hours a day.

In addition to his law enforcement duties, Lt. Nett is heavily involved and committed to his community. He is the current chairperson for the Town of Wautoma and served as a past president of the Wautoma Kiwanis Club. Lt. Nett also teaches classes across the state about traffic incident management in coordination with Department of Transportation.

Berlin Police Department Chief Dennis Plantz declined appointment from the governor due to personal reasons. Jeffrey Nett’s effective start date is Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

ORIGINAL STORY: Mon 2:04 PM, Jan. 20, 2014

Governor Scott Walker has appointed Chief Dennis Plantz, Jr. as the new Waushara County Sheriff.

The appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Sheriff David Peterson.

“Chief Plantz’s dedication to safety and his community is impressive. He has almost 29 years’ experience in law enforcement, and takes his duty to uphold the law very seriously,” Governor Walker said. “Chief Plantz will be well suited to effectively run the Sheriff department thanks to his leadership and administrative experience.”

“I am excited by the announcement of this appointment and look forward to the opportunities that are inherent with this position,” Chief Plantz said. “The staff members of the Sheriff’s Department are professional individuals, and I look forward to serving the citizens and visitors of Waushara County with them. It will be great to return to Waushara County, the place I call home.”

Chief Plantz began his career in the Wisconsin State Patrol in 1985. He took over as the Chief of Police in the City of Chilton after 14 years with the Patrol; he worked in Chilton until 2004, when he became the Chief of Police in the City of Berlin. Chief Plantz is the past president of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, president of the Wisconsin Police Leadership Foundation, and member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Berlin Blue Knights.

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