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Gary Groelle has the experience and dedication required of a successful Rock County Sheriff: He holds a senior management staff position as a Captain with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. During his 32 years of service, Gary has steadfastly committed himself to honorably serving our diverse community. Twenty five of those years have been in a supervisory or an upper level management position.
He was specifically identified as the most capable leader to partner in and oversee the re-structuring of the Rock County Emergency Management Bureau. Gary was able to ease tensions and accomplish a smooth transition for our public safety organizations. Gary has demonstrated his exemplary leadership skills time and time again.
Gary has a vision for what he wants to accomplish as the next Sheriff of our county. He will institute a strategic planning process based on shared values of our citizens; raise the level of cooperation between the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and other county departments, public safety agencies and organizations; and commit to fiscal responsibility and shared accountability.
He has a deep commitment to community that is essential for any county sheriff to have. Gary has lived in Milton for 36 years. As a member of the Milton Optimist Club, the Milton Lions Club, the Milton Youth Coalition, and the Milton Seventh Day Baptist Church, and assisting his son Zach coaching the Milton High School boy’s varsity basketball team, Gary has shown that he lives his commitment to community. And, Gary has shown his discipline, focus on goals, strength and resolve by completing five “Ironman” Triathlons.
Gary graduated from Milton College with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1995, Gary earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Highway Traffic Safety from UW-Whitewater. In 2007, he graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety– Executive Management program. In 2009, Gary graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Fewer than 1% of all the law enforcement officers in the world attend and graduate from this academy.
Gary grew up Cudahy, a suburb of Milwaukee in a very active and supportive family. He fell in love with basketball in middle school, played throughout high school and earned an athletic scholarship to college. His teams were his second family. This experience taught him the necessity and rewards of team work to achieve success and he will bring that philosophy with him as Sheriff of Rock County.
Gary has two adult children Lacey and Zach, who he is very proud of. Both of Gary's children support his team philosophy as a social worker and teacher respectively, in the Rock County community.
Vision, strategic planning, cooperation and shared accountability – those are his goals for the Sheriff’s Office and his core management beliefs.