My Vision

As our primary election date nears, I wanted to first thank everyone that has helped me and Team Groelle to arrive at this point. This journey, has once again, been so incredible.

Since I first announced my candidacy, on December 13, 2017, till today. I have been very clear and open about my campaign platform. I am running for Sheriff because I care about our community and its citizens. I want to work with everyone to make the Sheriff’s Office and our community better. I am committed to uniting us and moving us forward.

As your Sheriff, I will bring accreditation through an independent organization, the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group. This will promote and enhance law enforcement excellence, professionalism, and efficiency within our Department, that our employees want and our community demands.

I will relentlessly fight against our county’s opioid and heroin epidemic. I will work collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies, criminal justice partners, medical health/treatment providers and our diverse community organizations. United, we will have a stronger team.

I will diligently focus on criminal justice reform. I will advocate for individuals with addictions and mental health concerns. I will promote treatment options for both when appropriate, as opposed to incarceration.

With my unified leadership style and 36 years of law enforcement experience at the Sheriff’s Office, I will bring everyone in our community together on one team. We will achieve great things. I humbly ask for your vote on August 14th.

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Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Effort

Rock County Sheriff Democratic candidate Gary L. Groelle has announced that, if elected in the 2018 Sheriff’s race, he will oversee the Sheriff’s Office accreditation process through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG). Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The key to any successful accreditation system lies in the consensus of published standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives.

The move to accredit law enforcement agencies began in 1979. In 1995, Wisconsin joined the ranks of states developing accreditation programs designed to embrace best practices emerging throughout the country, while addressing circumstances unique to policing in our state. Some of the benefits of accreditation include:
  • Promoting excellence and professionalism within law enforcement through voluntary compliance with recognized best practices.
  • Providing a basis for enhanced sense of professionalism and pride for agencies and agency personnel.
  • Establishing confidence that your agency is in functional compliance through an independent review and evaluation of agency operations.
  • Nurturing opportunities to network and collaborate with other professional agencies and organizations.
Currently, there are 41 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin that are accredited by WILEAG, including four within Rock County. The Beloit Township Police Department, Evansville Police Department, Janesville Police Department, and Milton Police Department have earned accreditation. Within those 41 agencies, only three are Sheriff Offices.

Captain Gary L. Groelle explained that successful accreditation through WILEAG requires agencies to complete a very extensive and thorough evaluation process of the entire department. It has typically taken previous agencies 12-18 months to complete, and Groelle’s goal for the Rock County Sheriff Office would be the same. The costs associated with the accreditation would be approximately $1,650.00 for the initial year and then $600.00 annually. Groelle stated he would more than likely cease the use of Lexipol program. Lexipol is a California-based company that Rock County has contracted with for the last four to five years to assist in writing department policies and providing on-line daily training bulletins to employees. In doing so, the Sheriff’s Office would have a yearly savings of approximately $8,000-$10,000 dollars.

For more information on the WILEAG organization and accreditation process go to:


Fighting the opioid heroin problem

4-11-18: I had the opportunity to attend #HopeActLiveWI: Responding to Wisconsin's Opioid Crisis put on the by the Wisconsin Department of Health services. The Opioid Forum is part of Wisconsin’s State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This grant is managed by the DHS Division of Care and Treatment Services

04.28.18 - a​t St. Mary's church Milton for "Kids against Hunger"​

Servant Leadership

I Can Admit Being Wrong

I will admit when I make a mistake or I don’t have all the answers. It is more important to me that we find out what is right and me always being “right”.

Listen First, Speak Last

I strive to be unassuming and I already know what I think. I want to listen to tap into the strengths of others and learn even more.

Shine the Spotlight on Others

I celebrate the accomplishments of others by letting them shine. I don’t seek the glory or recognition and step back from the spotlight to say thanks to others.

Will Ask for Help

I can admit the areas where I have opportunities to grow and learn. I strive to identify those I can surround myself with to get to the best possible solution.

Recognize Others That Fight Alongside Them

I recognize those who go that extra mile to get a project pulled together or works side by side with others for the great good.

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