For Immediate Release: October 22, 2015
For More Information, contact:
Rep. Steineke: 608-266-2418
Rep. Murphy: 266-7500
Rep. Rohrkaste: 266-5719
Rep. Tauchen: 608-266-3097

Outagamie County Legislators Support Proposal to Relocate Sheriff’s Department

Madison – Outagamie County Legislators are voicing their support for a county board resolution to move the sheriff’s department out of downtown Appleton. On October 21st, members of the Public Safety and Property Committees met and voted unanimously to recommend a joint facility between the law enforcement department and the State Patrol’s Northeast Post as long as the Department of Transportation (DOT) makes a final decision on the proposal in a timely manner.

Rep. Steineke (R – Kaukauna), Rep. Murphy (R – Greenville), Rep. Rohrkaste (R – Neenah), and Rep. Tauchen (R – Bonduel) commend this action and are expressing their approval of the resolution that will allow the sheriff’s department to better serve rural communities of Outagamie County by bringing it closer to Highway 41.

"I’m encouraged to see that local officials are moving ahead with a plan to relocate Outagamie County’s sheriff’s department,” said Rep. Steineke. “It is my hope that the DOT and State Patrol quickly finalize their plan in order to meet the February 29th, 2016 deadline set by the county. If the joint facility is not able to come together in this time frame, then I believe it is in the best interest to move forward with a relocation plan regardless.”  

“I support the relocation of the Sherriff’s department out of downtown Appleton to move it closer to the people it serves,” stated Rep. Murphy. “This potential facility offers a win-win opportunity for the state and Outagamie County residents that should be pursued. If this partnerships comes to fruition, it could save taxpayer dollars, reduce response times and reduce operational costs.”    

“I am in full support of the proposal to build a facility to be used by the Outagamie Sheriff’s Department.” added Rep. Rohrkaste. “If built, this facility has the potential to enhance local law enforcements ability to keep the Fox Cities safe.” 

The full Outagamie County Board will meet to vote on the resolution on Tuesday, October 27th.