The first Green County Sheriff took office in 1838. A temporary jail was used at the American House which was located in what is known as the White Block Building on the southwest corner of the square in Monroe. The first County Jail, which was built out of logs prior to 1855, was destroyed by fire. This jail was located next to the local brewery and news reports indicate the brewery was saved from the adjoining flames by the efforts of citizens who kept the roof moistened with the contents from large beer vats inside. That same year, proposals for a new jail were received and a jail made of stone was approved for construction on the same site which is now known as the Jailhouse Tap Tavern. The Jail House Tap is located about two blocks southwest of the downtown area.
In 1959, the Sheriff's Office/Jail at the current location on the east side of Monroe was built to house up to 20 inmates. In 1980, a portion of the 1959 structure was torn down and an addition was added which increased the holding capacity to 70 beds.
Sheriff Killed In Line Of Duty
One Green County Sheriff was killed in the line of duty on May 3, 1919 when Sheriff Matt Solbraa responded to a report of a man held up in a farm house seven miles north of Monroe. Reports of the incident indicated a homeless man had shot and killed a farmer and the Sheriff responded to the scene and confronted the man. ordering him to drop his weapon. The man fired and fatally injured Sheriff Solbraa. Sheriff Solbraa's name is inscribed in the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial on the ground of the Capitol at Madison, WI and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D. C.
Green County is comprised of 16 townships, five villages and two cities. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for patroling the areas of the county that do not provide their own enforcement. This includes the towns of Adams, Albany, Brooklyn, Cadiz, Clarno, Decatur, Exeter, Jefferson, Jordan, Monroe, Mt. Pleasant, New Glarus, Spring Grove, Sylvester, Washington, York and the Village of Browntown. In addition, the Sheriff's Office provides protection to the villages of Albany, Brooklyn, Monticello and New Glarus when the officers from these agencies are off duty.
The Sheriff's Office/Jail is located at 2827 6th Street, which houses the 911 County Communication Center, a 70-bed jail and other department-related offices. The operation of the Sheriff's Office is divided into several divisions consisting of Administration, Communications, Jail, Patrol, Detective, Clerical, Special Units, and Support Staff.
The Green County Sheriff's Office mission is to protect Green County through partnership and professional service; implementing the values of integrity, honor, courage and respect for people. Our vision is to be a safe community for our citizens and visitors.
We will be unimpaired in our duty to follow our standards and values. Integrity does not stand by itself, it supports our other values of courage, honor, and respect.
We have the confidence and resolution to serve and protect our community. Courage is our tool of control, allowing us to risk ourselves to protect others.
We honor our role in the community and vow never to abuse our powers. Honor means nobility of mind and a distinction of respect. Our honor allows us to maintain a high level of moral character.
We will be considerate to the wishes, opinions and decisions of those whom we serve and those who we work with. To respect means to appreciate, consider and value. These are the objects that guide every value we follow.
Pictured is Deputy Cody Kanable with German Shepherd "Ike".
Ike is a dual-purpose patrol and narcotics dog, trained in tracking, handler protection, building searches and searching for evidence. Ike was purchased by the County in 2012 after another German Shepherd, Grischa, retired in 2012. Deputy Charlie Worm served as Grischa's handler from 2004 to 2012.
The purpose of the Green County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Associate Chaplain is:
To provide spiritual guidance and counseling to all members of the Sheriff's Office, both sworn and civilian as well as their families in time of need. The services of the Associate Chaplain are to be available on the basis of need and desire and is not intended to replace an individual clergy.
To be an aid to area law enforcement, inmates, and citizens of Green County by providing spiritual guidance, counseling and comfort in times of crises and such help as the Associate Chaplains are equiped to provide on an emergency basis. This includes appropriate referrals to the proper agencies to help those in need.
Such services are to be provided primarily by request through members of the Sheriff's Office or on request of other area emergency providers. Lt. Curt Quinn serves as the law enforcement coordinator.
Green County Sheriff Chaplain's
Head Chaplain Dan Krahenbuhl
Chaplain Paul Watkins
Chaplain Chris Schmidt
Chaplain Eric Skelton
Chaplain Tom Schubring
On July 4, 2009, the Honor Guard, joined by the Rock County Honor Guard, participated in the Brodhead annual Independence Day Parade celebrating the Brodhead Fire Department's 125th Anniversary. (Photo)
On November 30, 2007, the Green County Honor Guard participated in the investiture of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette Zeigler. The ceremony took place in the State Capital in Madison, WI.
An Honor Guard or Ceremonial Guard is a ceremonial escort composed of officers who are screened for their ability and dedication. Only those persons who are highly motivated and maintain exceptionally high standards of appearance and conduct and show aptitude for ceremonial duty are considered. The primary purpose of an Honor Guard is to provide funeral honors for fallen comrades.
Honor Guards may also serve as the "guardians of the colors". They present the colors for various ceremonies and official county, state, and national functions, which may include governmental funerals. Additionally, Honor Guards serve as ambassadors to the public, presenting a positive image of their service.
The Sheriff's Office has provided a certified DARE officer to area County schools since 1990 when the program was first presented in the Monroe Schools. The County DARE program focuses on the 5th grade level and involves nine weeks of instruction during a school semester. Currently, deputies provide classroom instruction to 5th graders in Juda, Albany, Monticello and Brodhead school systems and for the past several years, New Glarus and Monroe Police Departments provide officers in their respective jurisdictons. Deputy Pam Tourdot is the Sheriff's Office DARE Coordinator/School Liaison Officer.
This year 35 million school children around the world--26 million in the U.S.--will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, or violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in nearly 75 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 53 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug-and- violence-free lives. The program, which was developed jointly by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, initially focused on elementary school children. It has now been expanded to include middle school and high school programs.
The Special Response Team (SRT), known in some areas as a SWAT team, responds to high-risk, emergency situations which pose a threat to the community. Using special weapons, tactics, and negotiators, the SRT mission is to resolve these situations without injury or death to responders, hostages, suspects or innocent citizens.
The Sheriff's Office is one of several agencies that make up the Stateline Area Narcotics Team (SLANT). Participating law enforcement agencies include Green County Sheriff's Office and the Monroe Police Department in Wisconsin, the Illinois State Police, and Illinois Police Departments of Loves Park, Roscoe, Freeport and Rockford.