capabilities. The sub-stations allow deputies to remain in their patrol areas, as
opposed to travelling back and forth from t
he Sheriff’s Office.
Terrapin Station, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, held a reunion
tour at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in August 2002. Extensive planning and
organizing went into this 2-day event, and the sheer numbers of people
with or without concert tickets was a concern for the Sheriff’s
Department, Alpine Valley Music Theatre, and the neighboring residential
area. As a direct result of this event, a new ordinance was established in 2004
regarding Alpine Valley Music Theatre operations and similar events, and an
operating license was established for operational guidance.
In September 2002, the position of Emergency Management Director was
assigned to the Sheriff’s Department. Prior to this, the position was held by
Health and Human Services. Lt. Kevin Williams was appointed as the
Emergency Management Director for Walworth County. This position is
responsible to plan, respond, recover and mitigate for natural and man-made
disaster events that may occur in Walworth County. This change was made in
part, due to a department supervisor restructuring and re-titling. This resulted
in four division captains (Administration, Communications, Investigations,
and Patrol), two lieutenants (Training/Planning, and Emergency
Management), fifteen Corrections supervisors (sergeants and corporals) were
consolidated into a single classification of Corrections sergeant, and one
vacant position was eliminated, thus removing a layer of supervision.
The microwave system that supports the communications between dispatch
and police, fire, and rescue officers was upgraded in 2003. This $1.5 million
project replaced 15-year-old equipment. Additionally, MABAS (Mutual Aid
Box Alarm Radio System) was brought on line. This system allows fire
departments to more easily request mutual aid from neighboring jurisdictions.
A high-speed telephone notification service (Code Red) was purchased in
2003 for Emergency Management. This service provides telephone
notification to residents of emergencies or important information.
The Corrections Division reported in 2003 moving into the expanded
Huber/Work Release Center. Subsequently, the current Huber Dorm was
remodeled for future use.
The kidnapping of Hedwig “Heddy” Braun marked the beginning of 2003.
The five day long investigation began February 4, 2003, after Ms. Braun was
reported missing by her family. The investigation was conducted by members
of the Sheriff’s Office, Milwaukee and Chicago divisions of the F
BI, the State
of Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Waukesha County
Sheriff’s Office, the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office, and the
United States Attorney’s Office. Ms. Braun, 88 years old, of East Troy, was