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Hello Eau Claire County Residents,

My name is Kevin Otto and I am running as a candidate for the office of Eau Claire County Sheriff.  I have been a resident of Eau Claire County for twenty-six years.  My wife, Michelle and my two adult daughters, Allison and Ashley live in the city of Eau Claire.

I moved to Eau Claire in pursuit of my Associate Degree in Criminal Justice at Chippewa Valley Technical College.   I completed my degree and was hired as a police officer in Northern Wisconsin.   I worked as a security officer at the Turtle Lake Casino and in the Menards Distribution center.

In July of 1999, I started my career at Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office as a Correctional Officer in the jail.  I worked on all shifts in the jail and performed all the duties within my role.  In 2002, I became a Field Training Officer in which I trained and assisted new officers hired in the jail.    

In January of 2010, I was promoted to Jail Sergeant.  I have received extensive training in leadership, police organizations, field training, and generational differences.  In this supervisor role, I have diligently worked with the development and mentorship of officers with the Sheriff's Office.  I also became the Training Coordinator for the Sheriff's Office Jail Training program. 

Along with my public service, I became an active board member of the Wisconsin Field Training Officers Association (WFTOA) since 2002 and I am currently the Executive Director.  This organization assists and conducts training for training officers across the State of Wisconsin.

I have been an active community member through my church community and served as the President of my church congregation 2014-2018.  I assisted with the American Cancer Society-Eau Claire County Relay for Life community event.

I work and live in Eau Claire County, and have seen all the changes that Eau Claire has experienced.  Eau Claire is a diverse and growing community that needs a Sheriff's Office to adjust to all of it's citizens. I believe that my personal and professional experiences have prepared me to be the next Sheriff of Eau Claire County. 

Kevin Otto for Sheriff
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