Ed Janke announces candidacy for sheriff

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Todd Skarban also in county race

Times Herald Staff

Ed Janke

A week after Oconto County Sheriff Michael Jansen announced his retirement and endorsed Chief Deputy Ed Janke as his replacement, Janke made it official.

Janke announced his candidacy for the job in a video posted on social media March 6.

“My nearly 25 years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience has allowed me to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities that qualify me for the office of sheriff, as well as the experience to be a collaborative, approachable, community-focused and ethical leader,” Janke said.

Janke became chief deputy two years ago, returning to the county where he grew up after a long career in Brown County. Salutatorian of the Class of 1981, Janke worked part-time for law enforcement agencies in Oconto County while attending college. He was hired as a Brown County deputy sheriff in 1983.

He worked his way up through the ranks and became Brown County’s chief deputy in 1999, also serving as commander of the Emergency Response Unit. He served as associate dean of public safety at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and public safety director for the village of Howard before Jansen hired him as Oconto County chief deputy in 2016.

“As CEO of the largest law enforcement agency in Oconto County, with 68 employees and a budget in excess of $7 million, the office of sheriff requires a leader with the experience to perform at the highest level of effectiveness and efficiency while ensuring fiscal responsibility,” Janke said. “I believe I am the right person for the job.”

Deputy and K-9 officer Todd Skarban has also launched a campaign for sheriff. The partisan primary election is scheduled for Aug. 14 in advance of the Nov. 6 general election. Candidates may begin circulating nomination papers April 15.