A long time employee of the La Crosse County Sheriff's Office hopes voters will select him for the department's highest seat.
After nearly 30 years at the sheriff's office, Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf announced his candidacy for La Crosse County Sheriff. Wolf says he's had push from numerous family, friends and supporters over the past year. He feels it's time he takes that step.
Wolf announced the candidacy this morning in front of several of those supporters including current and retired deputies. He feels with his experience inside the department, nothing will be lost making it a smooth transition. Wolf feels one issue that needs to be tackled is the opioid crisis that all across the country are dealing with. If elected, he wants to partner with the community to get help to those that need it.
"Maybe increase the treatment and inpatient facilities that we have available to try and provide better care for both our drug addiction, as well as the mental health issues we see in our county," Wolf said.
Wolf says the department will continue progressive training, including interaction with those dealing with mental health issues.
Wolf added the department has seen a succession of sheriff's from within the department and he's hoping he will be the next one to step into the sheriff's position.
Sheriff Steve Helgeson has yet to announce his future plan. The race for sheriff takes place November 6.