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Forest County Sheriff resigns, says ‘It’s time’

John Dennee resigned as Forest County Sheriff on Sept. 5.
John Dennee resigned as Forest County Sheriff on Sept. 5.(WSAW)
Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 1:32 PM CDT
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CRANDON, Wis. (WSAW) - Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday he is seeking applicants for Forest County Sheriff. The appointment will fill a vacancy created by Sheriff John Dennee’s resignation. The new sheriff will complete a term ending on Jan. 2, 2023.

Dennee announced his resignation on Aug. 6. He said it would take effect Sept. 5.

NewsChannel 7 obtained the letter from the Governor’s Office. It reads:

This letter will serve as my official notice of resignation and retirement as Forest Couty Sheriff on Sept. 5, 2021.

I want it known that after much thought and discussion with family and loved ones I have concluded that its just time. After a 31-year career in law enforcement and the last almost 11 as your sheriff, it is time for me to step aside and allow new leadership and ideas to run the office.

I make this decision with no resentment or hard feelings. I consider it an honor to be trusted to be your sheriff. But I was told years ago by a retired sheriff that I would know when it’s time, and it’s time.

I want to thank my wife and my children who have longly and patiently stood behind me and were with me in many ways throughout the years. I feel they deserve much more of me than I gave them and I look forward to giving that to them.”

The application for an appointment can be found on the “Apply to Serve” page on Gov. Evers’ website at: www.evers.wi.gov. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 8.

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