Dunn County sheriff plans to retire

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE — Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith is planning to retire.

Sheriff Smith announced to members of the news media on April 5 that he is planning to file a notification of non-candidacy with the Dunn County clerk for the November election.

[emember_protected] Smith was elected as sheriff in November of 2000 and was sworn in January of 2001.

The last 18 years “went by fast,” Sheriff Smith said.

Smith started working in law enforcement as a reserve deputy with the Dunn County sheriff’s department in November of 1974.

In the 2002 election for sheriff, Smith ran unopposed. In 2006, he was opposed by Kathy Ertz and Brad Leach.

In the 2010 election, he also ran unopposed, and in 2014, Sheriff Smith was opposed by Chris Kruse.

Sheriff Smith said he is 62 years old now and will be 63 at the end of his term.

If he runs for the position of sheriff now and is elected again, he would be 67 when the next term is finished, “and that’s a little longer than I want to go,” Sheriff Smith said.

Sheriff Smith has six grandchildren ages 7 to 16.

“I want to go to basketball games and dance recitals,” he said, noting that his wife also wants to attend those events and sometimes goes by herself now.

Stay tuned for a story in the April 18 edition of the Colfax Messenger about Sheriff Smith’s time in office.

Clerk of Circuit Court Katie Schalley also will be up for election in November.

Dunn County Circuit Court Judges Rod Smeltzer and James Peterson appointed Schalley to become Dunn County’s new clerk of court on April 7, 2017, following the retirement of Clara Minor as clerk of court after nearly 25 years of service.

The first day for circulating nomination papers for county sheriff and clerk of court is Sunday, April 15, and the deadline for filing nomination papers is no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 1.

The deadline for filing notification of non-candidacy is May 15, 2018.

Sheriff Smith’s and Schalley’s terms of office will expire on January 7, 2019. [/emember_protected]