History

History

 

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is the largest Sheriff's Office in the State of Wisconsin. Founded in 1835, it is also the oldest Sheriff's Office in the State.

The Sheriff's Office is currently operating under the leadership of Richard R. Schmidt, Acting Sheriff.  As Sheriff, he is the highest ranking constitutional officer in Milwaukee County.

 

The Sheriff's constitutional mandates include keeping and maintaining the peace throughout the county, maintaining the county jail, providing bailiff services for circuit courts and serving legal process. In the interest of flexible and efficient service to Milwaukee County citizens the Sheriff's Office is comprised of three Bureaus, Administration, Police Services, and Detention Services.

 

The Sheriff's Office, using Community Policing as an organizational philosophy, remains sensitive to the needs of the community. Recognizing that safety is a community responsibility, the Sheriff's Office engages the community. Knowing that our effectiveness is determined by public cooperation, the Sheriff's Office goal is to identify community leaders and work to facilitate the efforts of neighborhood leaders. The greater the degree of public involvement in addressing community problems the greater the potential for effective problem solving.

SHERIFFS 1835 – PRESENT

 

Benoni Finch

 

1835 – 1836

 

 

Frederick Tegtmeyer

 

1903 – 1904

 

Henry M. Hubbard

 

1836 –1838

 

 

William J. Cary

 

1905 – 1906

 

Joseph Ward

 

1842 – 1843

 

 

William R. Knell

 

1907 – 1908

 

Edward D. Holton

 

1843 – 1844

 

 

Herman E. Franke

 

1907 – 1910

 

Owen Aldrich

 

1839 – 1841

 

 

William A. Arnold

 

1911 – 1912

 

George E. Graves

 

1847–1848

 

 

Lawrence McGreal

 

1913 – 1914

 

Egbert Mosely

 

1849 – 1850

 

 

Edward T. Melms

 

1915 – 1916

 

John White

 

1851 – 1852

 

 

Patrick McManus

 

1917 – 1918

 

Herman L. Page

 

1853 – 1854

 

 

Robert Buech

 

1919 – 1920

 

Samuel S. Conover

 

1855 – 1856

 

 

Patrick McManus

 

1921 – 1922

 

Herman L. Page

 

1857 – 1858

 

 

Phillip C. Westfahl

 

1923 – 1924

 

Andrew J. Langworthy

 

1859 – 1860

 

 

Charles Reichenbach

 

1925 – 1926

Charles H. Larkin

 

1861 – 1862

 

 

Charles Schallitz

 

1927 – 1928

 

Nelson Webster

 

1863 – 1864

 

 

Charles Reichenbach

 

1929 - 1930

 

C. M. Hoyt

 

1865 –1866

 

 

Al Benson

 

1931 – 1932

 

Joseph Duester

 

1867 – 1868

 

 

Joseph J. Shinners

 

1933 – 1936

 

Gustav Brunst

 

1869 – 1870

 

 

Edward J. Mitten

 

1937 – 1940

 

William C. Parson

 

1871 – 1872

 

 

Joseph J. Shinners

 

1941 – 1944

 

John F. McDonald

 

1873 – 1874

 

 

George M. Hanley

 

1945 – 1948

 

Charles Halzhauer

 

1875 – 1876

 

 

Herman Kubiak

 

1949 – 1952

 

Casper M. Sanger

 

1877 – 1878

 

 

Max A. Barczak

 

1953 – 1956

 

P. Van Vechten, Jr.

 

1879 – 1880

 

 

Clemens F. Michalski

 

1957 – 1960

 

John Rugee

 

1881 – 1882

 

 

George J. Witkowski

 

1961 – 1962

 

John Bentley

 

1883 – 1884

 

 

Michael S. Wolke

 

1963 – 1966

 

George Paschen

 

1885 – 1886

 

 

Edwin T. Purtell

 

1967 – 1969

 

Newell Daniels

 

1887 – 1888

 

 

Michael S. Wolke

 

1961 – 1981

 

John F. Burnham

 

1889 – 1890

 

 

William E. Klamm

 

1981 – 1983

 

Michael P. Walsh

 

1891 – 1892

 

 

Richard E. Artison

 

1983 – 1995

 

Michael Dunn

 

1893 – 1894

 

 

Robert B. Kliesmet

 

1995 – 1997

 

William S. Stanley

 

1895 – 1896

 

 

Leverett F. Baldwin

 

1997 – 2002

 

Fred G. Isenring

 

1897 – 1898

 

 

David A.Clarke Jr.

 

2002 – 2017

 

George Durner

 

1899 -1900   

 

 

Richard R. Schmidt

 2017 – present

 Theodore Zillmer 1900-1902       
 

 

 

 

 

 

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