News and Announcements
CLEPW Board of Directors
The CLEPW begin 2019 with a board of directors that consisted of several new members. Seated at the December meeting of the CLEPW were seven board members from around the state. Jacque McQuaid from the Brown County SO was joined by Ashley Bergman from the Outagamie County SO, Lt Jason Veeser from the Kewaunee County SO, Kyle Knotz from the Dunn County SO, Teri Wegner from the Jefferson County SO, Lt Kevin Kinnard from the Brown County SO, and Fred Popp from the Marinette County SO. It was the first time in several years that the board of directors was filled with the seven board members allowed by the by-laws. Unfortunately, Jacque McQuaid has recently resigned from the Brown County SO to take employment elsewhere and resigned her position from the CLEPW. The make up of the board is as follows:
Kevin has been a Deputy Sheriff for 31 years (9 with Kewaunee County, 22 with Brown County). He has worked Jail, Patrol and Drug Task Force. He currently is assigned to the Brown County Drug Task Force, where he serves as the Unit Director. He is also a Hazardous Devices Technician with the Brown/Outagamie Bomb Squad. He is currently serving as President of the CLEPW.
Fred is a dayshift patrolman with the Marinette County SO and recently ran for sheriff. He lost in a very close race. He is the past president of the Marinette County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and was elected Vice President of the CLEPW.
Teri Wegner has 28 years of Law Enforcement. She has spent all 28 years in the Jail Division. She has been a Field Training Officer for 24 years in the Jail Division. She has been on the Board of Directors for the County Law Enforcement Professionals of Wisconsin for the 20 plus years and serves as Secretary to the CLEPW.
Kyle has been a Deputy Sheriff for 10 years. He has served in multiple units through his law enforcement career such as patrol, traffic unit, SWAT, and he is currently an investigator with the West Central Drug Task Force.
Jason has 24 years of Law Enforcement experience. He has worked as a prison guard, county jailer/dispatcher, patrol officer, ERU team member and investigator. He is currently the Operations Lieutenant at Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department.
Ashley has been a dispatcher for over 6 ½ years at Outagamie County. She dispatches police, fire, and medical for all of Outagamie County and the City of Appleton, as well as answering non-emergency, 911 calls, and alarm lines. Ashley is certified through emergency medical dispatch, to teach callers how to perform CPR, help deliver a baby, control bleeding, etc. She is also on the Domestic Violence Intervention Team at Outagamie County as well as part of the Crisis Intervention Program.
Vice President Resigns
At the annual meeting of the CLEPW, Vice President Jason Matthys resigned from the board of directors. Jason came on the board of directors in December of 2012 from Pierce County where he was serving as the Chief Deputy. Serving as a director for several years he was eventually elected Vice President and served as the legislative liaison for the board. Jason resigned his position from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office after overseeing the new Sheriff’s Office/jail facility building project. He was then hired as the Pierce County Administrator. Jason was a valued board member and will truly be missed. The board wishes Jason nothing but success in his new endeavor as he moves into his new role.
Longtime board member Dan Greenwood of the Price County Sheriff’s Office retired last year. The last years at the sheriff’s office Dan was Lt Dan Greenwood and the Price County Jail Administrator. He brought his experience, knowledge, and leadership style to the board of directors of the CLEPW. He helped carve out a new direction for the future of the organization and his presence will be greatly missed. Late last summer Executive Director Bob Wierenga drove up into the deep Northwood’s of Price County and found a beautiful little 9 hole golf course tucked away among the pine trees. Sitting in the clubhouse was Dan who now oversees the operation of the course. After a round of golf Dan was presented with a plaque from the CLEPW board of directors thanking him for his years of service.
The board of directors of the CLEPW desired to present a memorial check to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office in memory of Deputy Dan Glaze who was killed in the line of duty. Executive Director Bob Wierenga traveled to Rusk County where he met with Chief Deputy Phil Grassmann and presented the check to him. The donation was forwarded to Dan’s wife Sarah Glaze.
County Law Enforcement Professionals of WI Address Recent Article
In response to a recent news cast that shed a negative light on the Wisconsin County Police Association, dba County Law Enforcement Professionals of Wisconsin, the board of directors would like to clarify a few misleading statements.
The CLEPW hires a fundraising firm to raise funds for the operation of the organization. We receive a 85/15% split with that firm. This split is higher than national average for organizations that raise funds through telemarketing.
Those funds are used to carry out the goals of the organization which include, advocating for sound laws that allow us to do the work we are tasked with, providing scholarships, charitable contributions, and operating the organization.
Our membership is free to any employee of a County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin and there is no other source of income generated by any other means. The CLEPW invest monies received in order to grow an endowment that will allow the organization to one day operate without using the services of a telemarketing firm.
The CLEPW wishes to thank the thousands of people across the state of Wisconsin who support this organization. Without your support we would not be able to do the work that we do.
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Wisconsin County Police Association (WCPA) Changes Name
Today the Wisconsin County Police Association officially changed its name to the County Law Enforcement Professionals of Wisconsin. While still registered as the WCPA, ltd we will be doing business as the CLEPW.
The association’s decision to change the name to the County Law Enforcement Professionals of Wisconsin is, in part, a move to more fully reflect the variety of public safety roles the association’s membership represents across the state. The change also signifies the association recommitment to their work and mission of fostering the interests of county law enforcement through charitable contributions, education, recognition of individuals through scholarships and awards, and providing member benefits while advocating for laws that will enhance the effectiveness of public safety in the state.
Since its founding, on July 18, 1944, the Wisconsin County Police Association has displayed a commitment to giving back to the communities in which their members live and work with the goal of fostering safe and vibrant neighborhoods. The association works to support their members not only in their communities but also by offering them opportunities to further their education and by recognizing their heroic and unselfish acts of bravery in the face of stressful circumstances.
As the County Law Enforcement Professionals of Wisconsin, the association will continue to advance the interests of their members while protecting and promoting public safety in the state.