Sheriff Hillstead won't seek another term
After 12 years in office, Sheriff Dennis Hillstead has decided not to seek another term in office.
"I have decided that this will be my last term as your sheriff. I wanted to make this notice early enough that those interested in seeking the office of sheriff will have sufficient time to make an informed decision and to gear up for the election this year," he said in a prepared statement Friday.
"I also want to express my deep appreciation to the people of St. Croix County who have allowed me to serve these past 12 years," he added.
Hillstead, who started a law enforcement career in 1970, cited a number of changes since he joined the department in 1972 including an increase from 11 full-time employees to 86, and a budget that expanded from $400,000 to $9 million.
"The position of sheriff as the chief law enforcement officer in the county is one of extreme importance. It is one that requires experience, education, training, patience, and a heart for the people that he or she serves. It is not a job for the faint hearted, nor for those who seek power or authority. It is my hope that the person you select to fill this office will possess those attributes," Hillstead said.
The sheriff said it was a difficult decision but the time had come for him and his family to "seek a new path to walk."