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Dodge County sheriff announces retirement


JUNEAU (WKOW) -- Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls announces his retirement, which takes effect March 8, 2013. 

Nehls began his career with the Department of Corrections in 1979 and was hired by the Dodge County Sheriffs Dept. in 1987.  He worked his way up from traffic patrolman, serving as the day shift Corporal, second shift Lieutenant and then elected to the Sheriff's position in 2002. 

Sheriff Nehls stated, "I have been blessed to serve my community and county for 34 years.  I am so very proud of the Sheriff's Department and the people we have, all are top notch.   It has been a tremendous journey as we transitioned a dated department into a state of the art, professional force."  

In 2002 Nehls' campaign platform included the integration of technology into the department, equipment modernization, traffic safety, consolidated E911, and centralized records.  "I am so proud of the department as we transformed to such an effective performance based organization.  The staff and employees are the best of the best."

Other significant achievements under Nehls include three volunteer groups, the Posse, the Dodge County Emergency Response Team and the Dodge County Explorers, Inmate Work Programs, Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Unit, as well as the K9 Program.  

Nehls also serves as a Colonel in the Wisconsin National Guard which, after 35 years of service, he will retire from sometime this summer. 

He says the decision, the toughest of his life, was made over Thanksgiving dinner. 


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