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Meet Sheriff Dave Zoerner 

Make Kenosha County Safe Again

David is a life-long Kenosha County resident and is proud to serve his home as a law enforcement professional. He graduated from Bradford High School in Kenosha, after which he built a substantial career in law enforcement and military service. He has dedicated himself to continual learning and improvement, as evidenced by his 27 years of accomplishments and experience.


After high school, David enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He trained as a Military Policeman and was quickly selected to serve the White House. As a Presidential Guard, his duties took him around the world under Presidents Reagan and Bush, serving as their NCO and supervising his own detachment of armed Marines.


Following his military service, David attended UW-Parkside, earning his degree in Political Science. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at UW-Platteville in Police Administration, and has been a supervisor in the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department for a decade. He has worked in and supervised law enforcers in every single division of the Sheriff’s Department.


In addition to his studies and his supervisory duties, David actively serves on several special teams in the Sheriff’s Department such as Drone Operation and Hostage Negotiation. As a Hostage Negotiator on the Tactical Response Team, David has negotiated hostages to freedom in a broad range of high-pressure situations. He has saved people from murderers who already had bodies in the home, and was able to convince despondent or suicidal subjects to safely surrender. David is proud to be a part of such important work, and is committed to furthering his education and training in order to continue to save lives.


David is also a Police Science instructor and CCW course instructor at Gateway Technical College, a Certified Rifle/Pistol Instructor, Marine Rifle/Pistol Expert, and a Glock Armorer. He is also a Firearms Trainer for the Sheriff's Department personnel. David’s commitment to firearm education and the importance of the 2nd Amendment is unparalleled.


There is nothing David takes more seriously than the safety and protection of minors and the defenseless. He spent four years as the School Resource Officer of Wilmot High School. During that time, he made several felony cases against people that preyed on the students, including Child Abuse and First-Degree Sexual Assault. David has also been on the Board of Directors for Women and Children’s Horizons for the past 20 years, which seeks to support and provide justice for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Human trafficking is an incredibly difficult investigation to get to an arrest and a conviction for, but David is proud to have been successful at making those cases and he intends to continue this important work. David’s expertise and dedication doesn’t stop there: he’s also a long-standing member of the Opioid Task Force and the Kenosha County Chapter 51 Committee on Mental Health.


His extensive career has allowed him to develop the thick skin and wisdom necessary to face the most difficult situations imaginable and navigate them successfully to uphold the rule of law and protect the families of Kenosha County. He is enthusiastically endorsed by: 

  • Kenosha County Deputy Sheriff’s Association

  • Congressman Bryan Steil

  • Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling

  • Senator Van Wangaard

  • County Executive Samantha Kerkman 

  • Delavan Police Chief Ray Clark

  • Genoa City Police Chief Joe Balog

  • Randall Police Chief Tom Huffhines

  • Kenosha County Board Chairman Gabe Nudo

  • Kenosha County Board Vice-chair Erin Decker
  • Kenosha County Supervisor Zach Rodriguez

  •  Paddock Lake Village Trustee, & Kenosha County Board Supervisor John Poole

  • City of Kenosha Council President Rocco LaMacchia, Sr.

  • City of Kenosha Alderman Dave Mau

  • Village of Salem Lakes Trustee Bill Hopkins

  • Former KUSD School Board Member Tony Garcia

David and his wife, Amy, have four sons and live in Pleasant Prairie.

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