Scott A. Haines
Scott A. Haines was elected as the Sheriff of Clark County, Wisconsin in 2019 and continues serving in this capacity to the present day. Sheriff Haines has 29 years of experience in law enforcement, beginning his career in 1990 when he was hired by the Greenwood Police Department as a patrolman. In 1993, he was hired by the Colby/Abbotsford Police Department as a patrolman. In 1999, he was hired by the Clark County Sheriff Office as a Communications/Corrections Deputy. In 2002, he was appointed to the Drug Investigator position and became a member of the West Central Drug Task Force, Eau Claire. During his career, Sheriff Haines has performed a variety of law enforcement duties from Patrolman to Criminal Investigator. He conducted special investigations pertaining to illegal drug distribution including informant management and delegation of team member responsibilities; gang activity and assisted Detectives with major cases. He directly worked with a network of local and State law enforcement professionals. He sustained a low profile to observe and procure information critical to case development and apprehension of criminal offenders involved in minor to federal offenses. Attended court hearings to provide official testimony, primarily in relation to drug cases. Prepared detailed incident reports and maintained sensitive, confidential case files. Trained certified law enforcement officers from our office and outside agencies in high risk emergency operations, vehicle contacts, emergency vehicle operation and use of force issues through scenario based training. Today, Sheriff Haines strives to implement a high level of training and technology at the Sheriff's Office to better serve and protect the citizens of Clark County.
Chief Deputy James Hirsch grew up in Marshfield and currently lives in the Abbotsford area with his wife and two boys. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh before attending the Law Enforcement Recruit Academy in Wausau. He was hired in March of 1997 and held a variety of positions in the Sheriff’s Office: Dispatcher/Jailer, Patrol Deputy and Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Communications/Corrections Captain, Patrol Captain and finally Chief Deputy in April of 2014.
Captain Todd Tessman grew up in Tomah, WI and relocated to Neillsville in 1985. Todd graduated from Neillsville High School in 1987. Todd was a full time member of the National Guard and worked full time at Ft. McCoy, WI until he retired in 2014 as a Chief Warrant Officer. Todd was deployed to Iraq for Desert Storm from 1990 - 1991, Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 - 2005. Todd graduated from State Correctional Academy in 1998 and was employed at Waupun Correctional until accepting a Corrections Officer position at the Clark County Jail in October of 1998. Todd was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 and to Jail Captain in 2018. Todd is a member of CREEPS, CERT, and is Corrections Officer certified. Todd was employed with the Sheriff's Office from 1998 to 2006 and 2014 until present.
Captain Wade Hebert is from the Loyal WI area. He graduated from Mid-State Technical College with a Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He currently is attaining his Bachelor’s Degree from Central State University. He has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2006, starting as a reserve deputy. He was hired full time as a corrections deputy, then transferred to a patrol deputy shortly after. In 2015, he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant, overseeing a patrol shift. Since 2008 he has held several positions and assignments within the agency. He is a field training officer, training new hires for several years, and attained the role of field training coordinator, overseeing the program. He has been a member of the county’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) for several years, where he currently is a team leader. He has conducted pre-employment background investigations and over sees the program. He also is a state of Wisconsin certified instructor in various law enforcement topics and trainings. In 2020 he was promoted to his current position as Patrol Captain, overseeing the patrol division.
Kerry L. Kirn
Captain Kerry Kirn obtained his Associate Degree in Police Science and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He started with the Clark County Sheriff's Office part-time in July of 1991. He started his full-time career in March 1993 working as a Communications/Corrections Deputy and ultimately was promoted to a Patrol Deputy in May 1996. In December of 1998, Kerry was promoted to Detective for the Sheriff's Office and worked in that position until he was again promoted to Detective Captain in March 2019.
Captain Lea Sterry graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Steven Point with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Natural Resources while attending the Law Enforcement Recruit Academy at Mid-State Technical College. She began her career with the Sheriff Office in June of 2003 as a Communications/Corrections Deputy where she also assisted as a Training Officer and member of C.E.R.T. In April of 2019, Lea was promoted to Captain of the Communication’s Center.
Administrative Supervisor Heidi Ashbeck grew up in the Lublin area and graduated high school from Gilman. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She was hired at the Sheriff’s Office in August 2015 as the Administrative Supervisor. She currently lives in Greenwood with her husband and their three kids.
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