Administration

Sheriff Kurt Picknell

Sheriff Kurt Picknell has 32 years of law enforcement experience and has served at every rank prior to becoming Sheriff, along with specialty teams and assignments. Sheriff Picknell has received the department Employee of the Year Award, Meritorious Service Award and Life Saving Award. Sheriff Picknell’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Management, Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Public Administration, Northwestern University - School of Police Staff and Command, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy and the National Sheriffs’ Institute.

Sheriff Picknell is currently serving on the State of Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) and is an instructor at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Command College. Kurt was previously a State Board of Directors member for Special Olympics Wisconsin and received the 2019 State of Wisconsin Law Enforcement Torch Run Dale Brunner Hall of Fame Award. Sheriff Picknell serves on the Executive Board for the Tree House (CAC) and is a member of the Walworth County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC).

Kurt is the Past President of the FBI National Academy Associates Wisconsin Chapter, Past President of the Elkhorn Area High School Scholarship Foundation, and previously served as a volunteer fire fighter for the Elkhorn Area Fire Department.

Undersheriff Dave Gerber

Dave Gerber is the Undersheriff of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office. In May of 2020 Dave will mark his 25 year anniversary as a full time law enforcement officer. Dave has served in many positions within our agency including Patrol Deputy, Detective, Lieutenant, Captain of Support Services, and most recently Captain overseeing the Patrol Division. Dave has served on many specialty teams including SWAT Team, Dive Team, Honor Guard, Bike Patrol, Background Investigations, and Field Training Officer. Dave served as the Chair of the Walworth County Traffic Safety Commission, and administered the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Team, Fugitive Task Force, Gang Unit, Motor Carrier Enforcement, Boat Patrol, Town Liaison Program, Sex Offender Registry Unit, and many other specialty teams. 

Dave is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice as a Unified Tactical Instructor. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville in Criminal Justice/Sociology, and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, the FBI LEEDA Command Institute and the FBI National Academy. Dave served as an instructor at Gateway Technical College for many years where he instructed both in-service and police academy courses. He is a past State Director for the Special Olympics State Law Enforcement Torch Run Council and recipient of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Torch Run Dale Brunner Hall of Fame award. Dave is also a past Director for the Wisconsin Field Training Officers Association. Dave has also participated as one of the Wisconsin Riders for the Police Unity Tour.

Attention Patch Collectors!

The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office receives many requests for our embroidered emblems.  Unfortunately, we cannot honor requests to send out patches for free.
We will honor requests for patches at a cost of $5.00 per patch to cover the cost of the patch and handling expenses.  Please send a money order for $5.00 with a self-addressed stamped envelope (no personal checks).

Send requests to:
Walworth County Sheriff’s Office
Patch Order - Attn:  Wendy
PO Box 1004
Elkhorn WI 53121

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