Sgt. David Zoerner

Sgt. David Zoerner

Incumbent Sheriff David Beth

Incumbent Sheriff David Beth


The Kenosha County Sheriff’s race will be decided Tuesday, Aug. 12, because both candidates, current sheriff David Beth and Sgt. David Zoerner are running as Republicans and there are no Democratic candidates in the running.

Voters should remember when casting votes on Tuesday to stick with one party on the ballot. In other words, voters can’t vote for a Democratic candidate for the First Congressional District (Rob Zerban or Amardeep Kaleka, both hoping to challenge Republican Paul Ryan in the fall), then vote for a Republican candidate for sheriff.

If a voter designates a party, but casts votes for other parties, only the votes cast in the designed party will county. If a party is not designated and votes are cast for candidates in more than on party, no votes will be counted.


Here are your sheriff’s candidates:


• Sheriff David Beth

Incumbent Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth Kenosha is a 32-year veteran of the department. In 1982, at the age of 21, he began his career in the Patrol Division. At that time he was the youngest Deputy hired by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

In 1989, he became the county’s first DARE officer. In November of 2002, Beth was elected 58th Sheriff. To date, Beth has won three consecutive elections and is currently the county’s longest serving sheriff.

As sheriff, he is responsible for the oversight of more than 340 employees and administers a yearly budget in excess of $36 million dollars.

Beth was born and raised in Kenosha County. His wife Sharon is a teacher with KUSD and together they raise their family on a horse ranch in Brighton where they have been longtime residents.

Nathan, 26, lives in West Allis; Kenna, 12, and Evan, 10.


• Sgt. David Zoerner

David Zoerner was born in the City of Kenosha, graduating from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1987.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was meritoriously promoted and selected to serve the White House under both President Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

After receiving a “Yankee White” Top Secret Security Clearance, he supported the President, Vice-President and Heads of State while stationed both at Quantico, Va., and Washington D.C.

He also served in that capacity while assigned to HMX-1 Presidential Security, supporting the President’s fleet of “Marine One” helicopters both in country and abroad, traveling worldwide in support of the Top Secret Missions in support of the White House.

Zoerner attended Southwest Texas State University studying Criminal Justice. He returned to Wisconsin and continued his studies in the University of Wisconsin system, where he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

His senior year of college, he received an internship working with adjudicated youth. He also accepted a position as a mortgage broker with St. Francis Bank and became branch manager for GMAC Mortgage, where he was employed until he was hired as deputy sheriff. He attended the Law Enforcement Academy at the Fox Valley Technical College where he graduated as the president of his academy class.

As a deputy sheriff, Zoerner worked all three shifts in the patrol division, prisoner conveyance, and civil process. In August 2008, Zoerner was selected as a School Resource Officer to Wilmot Union High School where he served the students and staff for 3 1/2 years.

He was promoted to the rank of sergeant and returned to Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department as a supervisor on third shift in the patrol division.

Zoerner is currently assigned as a supervisor to the Conveyance Bureau, where he coordinates with multiple outside agencies the movement of federally contracted U.S. Marshal Inmates and ICE detainees. His duties also include working with the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office. He also coordinates inmate movement within Kenosha County’s jail and detention center.

Zoerner currently serves as a hostage negotiator on the Tactical Response Team, is a Firearms Instructor, an Adjunct Instructor to Gateway Technical College, presenter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a 10 year member on the Board of Directors for Women and Children’s Horizons, Inc.

Zoerner has been married to Amy Riese for 15 years and together they have four sons. They live in Pleasant Prairie.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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