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In Person: Ron Cramer


Eau Claire (WQOW) - What do you suppose is the job description of a County Sheriff? To enforce the peace in a physical jurisdiction that extends to the limits of said county?

Nah. That isn't it. Not all of it, anyway.

That doesn't include the DARE program or advocating for early intervention. It doesn't take into consideration the fine line between service and politics. It doesn't work in trying to explain to the public the justifications for a costly and contentious new jail or help when it comes time to pitching better programming in those rapidly-filling jail cells.

Sheriff Cramer is currently the longest-serving sheriff in the history of Eau Claire County at 14 years and counting. However, he didn't start out that way. He was happily working the line at Uniroyal when a position opened up with the county. During his 36 years in law enforcement –- all in Eau Claire –- he's grown a long perspective on law and order.

Sure, being County Sheriff is about enforcing the law, but it's also about education. It's a study in human nature – good and bad. It's about telling it like it is.

Maybe building a jail isn't the problem. Neither is building "The Fence." Between Mexico and the US. Cramer says the problem just may be that Americans are a bit too fond of their drugs and that the resultant runaway addictions are causing us money and lives.

In our conversation, Sheriff Cramer weighs in on "gateway drugs," concealed carry, evidence-based decision-making, America's drug habit, his acting ability, and dancing. Go ahead and square that with your job description.

Ron Cramer, In Person. Only on WQOW News 18. Habitually defying description.

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