On Feb. 20, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Ken Schneider announced his candidacy for the fall sheriff election.
“With 27 years of experience with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Ken Schneider has announced his candidacy for Lincoln County Sheriff in this fall’s election,” Schneider stated. “I believe I can provide professional law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors of Lincoln County while continuously applying cost-saving measures. I have the necessary training, education, passion and supervisory experience required for this position. Being your Sheriff has been a long time goal of mine and one that I have worked and trained for all my career. It will be an honor to serve as your Sheriff.”
Schneider was born and raised in Lincoln County on a dairy farm and graduated from Merrill High School in 1982. In 1985, he graduated from Northcentral Technical College with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. In 1990, Ken joined the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer. Prior to that Ken worked at Lincoln Wood Products, Semco, Weinbrenner Shoes, Les & Jim’s and Wendorf Bus Service,
Lt. Schneider, has worked his way through the ranks of the agency and in 1999 was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He received his supervisory of police personnel training at Northwestern University, a nationally accredited institution in law enforcement education.
Schneider also trained with the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development to further his abilities to lead. Lt. Schneider has served numerous rolls within the Sheriff’s Office during his career. While he currently serves as the senior patrol supervisor, Ken has supervised both the Detective Division and the Telecommunications Division and was the Special Response Team (SWAT) Commander, a position that requires critical decision making during intense situations. He also currently is a certified A.L.I.C.E. trainer working with local schools, businesses, churches, and other groups to provide them with survival skills in the event of an active shooter.
Outside of Law enforcement, Ken is busy spending time with his four children and three grandchildren.
He attends church at St. John Lutheran and Journey Church. He has worked as a hunter safety instructor and serves as a committee member for the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo Association. Ken also enjoys hunting, shooting sports, and car trips across our great country.