Madison College instructor appointed Dane Co. Sheriff


Dane County's new "top cop" is a familiar face at Madison College.

Gov. Tony Evers has appointed law enforcement instructor Kalvin Barrett to be the county's next sheriff. Barrett will replace retiring Sheriff David Mahoney on May 8 and complete the remainder of his term, which ends in January of 2023.

“With 12 years of service as a law enforcement officer, Kalvin Barrett is a dedicated public servant,” Gov. Evers said in a statement. “I am confident he will be an effective, empathetic leader in Dane County and will work to ensure the safety of and collaboration with every community he serves.”

Barrett teaches law enforcement and criminal justice at Madison College and is the faculty director of the criminal justice studies program.

"As sheriff, I will continue the community and law enforcement engagement collaboration that has been the foundation of the sheriff’s office,” said Barrett. “I am excited to bring to the job my perspective as an African American professional who has experience in the field as a peace officer, in the jail as a sheriff’s deputy, and as someone who has educated and trained the next generation of peace officers.” 

Barrett was overwhelming recommended for the sheriff's appointment by a diverse, blue ribbon panel of community and law enforcement leaders.

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