Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney to retire

Sheriff Dave Mahoney

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney has officially announced his retirement from law enforcement.

A news release Monday night said Mahoney will retire in May. He was elected to the position in 2006 and has been an officer for 41 years, with 40 of those years being with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

“My 41-years in law enforcement, the past 14 as Dane County Sheriff, have been a true labor of love for my community and the citizens we serve,” Mahoney said in a statement. “I strive every day to make someone’s life better and to earn the trust of the communities we serve. There have been days of extreme heartbreak and days filled with great rewards. I just hope I’ve made a difference.”

Since Mahoney plans to retire before his four-year term concludes, Gov. Tony Evers will be in charge of appointing a replacement.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Mahoney has had a “profound and positive impact” on the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and Dane County community.

“I am proud to call Dave a friend and colleague and am incredibly grateful for the many years we served together,” Parisi said. “On behalf of everyone in Dane County, thank you Dave for your unwavering work to make this community safer and our criminal justice system smarter.”

During his tenure, Mahoney has been involved in local, statewide and national committees and boards. He also serves as the President of the National Sheriff’s Association.

The release said he “looks forward to spending more time with his family and continuing to be involved in community-based efforts to advance law enforcement and criminal justice reforms.”