La Crosse County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy announces candidacy for Sheriff

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A long-time member of the La Crosse County Sheriff's Office is hoping to lead the department.

Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf Tuesday announced he is running for La Crosse County Sheriff. Wolf has worked in the Sheriff's Office for nearly 30 years as a team member and leader in the patrol, investigative, and administrative departments.

The Chief Deputy says his experience in mental health task forces will help the Office meet a growing demand for improved mental health care for inmates.

"We realize that there's a serious problem in the community. Jail might not be the best place for these people to come. We need to come up with some type of treatment facility, inpatient treatment. There's just a lack of facilities, and it's not a problem that we're immune to in La Crosse,” said Chief Deputy Wolf.

Sheriff Steve Helgeson, who led the La Crosse County department for more than a decade, is expected to announce his plans in the next week.

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