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Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls announces retirement


DODGE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - One of Wisconsin’s best-known county sheriffs will retire one month from Friday.

Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls announced his plans late Friday morning.

He’s ending a 34-year career in law enforcement, which started in 1979 at the state Corrections Department. Nehls joined the Dodge County force in 1987 as a deputy, and he worked his way up the ranks. Voters have been electing him as the sheriff since 2002.

Nehls said his department has met the goals he set when he first ran 11 years ago – adding new technology, getting more modern equipment, consolidating 911 service in Dodge County, and centralizing law enforcement records.

Over the last decade, Dodge County has had a reduction in crime, with larger arrest rates. And traffic deaths in the county have dropped by 50 percent.

Nehls is also a colonel in the Wisconsin National Guard, and he’ll retire from that post as well. Governor Scott Walker will appoint a new sheriff.