‘Humanity, dignity and respect’: Kalvin Barrett sworn in as new Dane County sheriff

MADISON, Wis. — A former Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputy is now officially leading the department.

Kalvin Barrett was sworn in as the latest Dane County Sheriff during a ceremony Monday morning. Before serving as a deputy, Barrett was an officer with the Sun Prairie Police Department and has also worked as a law enforcement instructor at Madison College.

“When I raised my hand earlier today and took an oath to serve the people of Dane County, that included the people in our communities but also the people that are under care at our facilities,” Barrett said. “Humanity, dignity and respect is my ultimate goal and decisions I make moving forward will be guided off of those principles.”

Barrett replaces Dave Mahoney as sheriff after Mahoney retired on Friday after more than four decades in law enforcement. Barrett will serve as sheriff through Mahoney’s term, which runs through January 2, 2023, but Barrett could run for re-election as sheriff in the 2022 election.