attitude for excellence

The Sheriff is sponsoring the Attitude for Excellence Program here at Dane County. This is a program that will reward all employees of the Sheriff's Office for attitude and actions which greatly exceed our expectations. In most instances, these actions are brought to our attention by citizen letters of commendation.

The Attitude for Excellence program is a way to remind all of us that our job is to always serve the citizenry as best we are able. Those employees who earn this award will receive a certificate and a special challenge coin. This particular coin is available only to those who receive the award.

 


 

Current Recipients of the Attitude for Excellence Award

  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Cynthia Krakow after receiving a letter from a member of The Prince George's County Government, expressing thanks for her participation in the survivor pick-up detail held at the Reagan National Airport as well as holding a professional demeanor throughout the event. 7/6/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Detective Gwen Ruppert after receiving a letter from a member of The Prince George's County Government, expressing thanks for her participation in the survivor pick-up detail held at the Reagan National Airport as well as holding a professional demeanor throughout the event. 7/6/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Lavern Naeger after receiving a card given to the jail diversion staff from a former inmate. The inmate wished to express her success in participating in the CAMP program, where she is proud to now call herself clean and sober, and wished to give much appreciation for her new way of life. 4/30/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Eric Bates after receiving a card given to the jail diversion staff from a former inmate. The inmate wished to express her success in participating in the CAMP program, where she is proud to now call herself clean and sober, and wished to give much appreciation for her new way of life. 4/30/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Eric Lokken after receiving a card given to the jail diversion staff from a former inmate. The inmate wished to express her success in participating in the CAMP program, where she is proud to now call herself clean and sober, and wished to give much appreciation for her new way of life. 4/30/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy David Naylor after receiving a card given to the jail diversion staff from a former inmate. The inmate wished to express her success in participating in the CAMP program, where she is proud to now call herself clean and sober, and wished to give much appreciation for her new way of life. 4/30/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Michelle Viney after receiving a card given to the jail diversion staff from a former inmate. The inmate wished to express her success in participating in the CAMP program, where she is proud to now call herself clean and sober, and wished to give much appreciation for her new way of life. 4/30/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Eric Markgraf after receiving a card given to the jail diversion staff from a former inmate. The inmate wished to express her success in participating in the CAMP program, where she is proud to now call herself clean and sober, and wished to give much appreciation for her new way of life. 4/30/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Dianne Lieck after receiving a card given to the jail diversion staff from a former inmate. The inmate wished to express her success in participating in the CAMP program, where she is proud to now call herself clean and sober, and wished to give much appreciation for her new way of life. 4/30/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to James Gray after receiving a card given to the jail diversion staff from a former inmate. The inmate wished to express her success in participating in the CAMP program, where she is proud to now call herself clean and sober, and wished to give much appreciation for her new way of life. 4/30/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Kelly Louis after receiving a card given to the jail diversion staff from a former inmate. The inmate wished to express her success in participating in the CAMP program, where she is proud to now call herself clean and sober, and wished to give much appreciation for her new way of life. 4/30/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Michael Doeden after receiving a personal commendation from numerous members of Waunakee High School for displaying an exceedingly professional demeanor while giving physics presentations and combining them with real life application for their students. 4/27/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Randy Wiessinger after receiving a personal commendation from numerous officers from the Janesville Police Department in regards to his time and effort spent on organizing the funeral and visitation for the death of a former detective, expressing much appreciation for his actions. 4/26/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Eric Novotny after receiving a personal commendation from a business for his work in catching two individuals stealing company property. The company expressed their thanks for the attentiveness and diligence he displayed in the matter. 3/28/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Glenn Weeden after receiving a personal commendation from an individual for his work in making a much needed contact with an evasive individual, and expressed high appreciation in the matter. 3/28/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Detective Steven Wegner after receiving a letter from a business which wanted to thank Detective Wegner for his effort in assisting with a case. 3/20/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Chad Lauritsen after receiving a letter from the Village of Deerfield Board and Village Administrator expressing thanks for Deputy Lauritsen's time and effort spent on a project to develop a Junk Ordinance for the Village. 3/12/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Scott Lindner after receiving a letter from the Activity Director of the Crazy Horse Campground expressing thanks for Deputy Lindner and K9 partner Dani for participating in their event. 3/12/2012
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Detective Linda Kohlmeyer-Searls after receiving copies of cards and emails from the victim and her family thanking Detective Kohlmeyer-Searls for her work on a Sexual Assault of a Child case that she had been working on for the past few years. They expressed their thanks for the tremendous amount of work she did on a difficult, complex, and time consuming case. 1/11/2012

2011 Recipients of the Attitude for Excellence Award

  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Michael Butler after receiving a letter from staff at the UW-Madison Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project expressing thanks for Deputy Butler escorting training teams around the county to observe alcohol age compliance checks. 11/28/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Scott Kuntz after receiving a letter from the Chief Constable for the Vancouver Police Department expressing his appreciation for the assistance Deputy Kuntz provided processing video after a massive riot in downtown Vancouver on June 15, 2011. The efforts of Deputy Kuntz and others led to the identification of over 15,000 criminal acts for investigators to review. 11/21/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Brian McKenzie after receiving a performance report from his supervisor describing how he had spent a considerable amount of time and effort assisting an elderly man and his family after the man had shown up at someone else’s home after a football game thinking he was at his own home in another state. 11/18/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Sgt. RJ Lurquin after receiving a letter from staff at the UW-Madison Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project expressing thanks for coordinating a training course for 12 officers across the state regarding proper procedures for alcohol age compliance checks. 11/18/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Cindy Holmes after receiving a letter from staff at the UW-Madison Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project expressing thanks for Deputy Holmes escorting training teams around the county to observe alcohol age compliance checks. 11/18/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Heidi Gardner after receiving a letter from staff at the UW-Madison Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project expressing thanks for Deputy Gardner escorting training teams around the county to observe alcohol age compliance checks. 11/18/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Josalyn Longley after receiving an email from a citizen indicating what a wonderful job Deputy Longley did at a presentation about Juvenile Crime. 10/3/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Heidi Gardner after receiving an email from a citizen indicating what a wonderful job Deputy Gardner did at a presentation about Juvenile Crime. 10/3/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Montgomery after receiving a letter from the Friends of the Lake View Hill Park Inc. expressing appreciation for coordinating inmates to help with their park needs. 7/1/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Conveyance Coordinator Margaret Wise after receiving a letter from a law firm expressing appreciation for going above and beyond expectations to assist with a civil fraud case. 7/1/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Detective Gwen Ruppert after receiving a letter from Prince George’s County Police Department expressing their thanks for participating in their survivor pick-up detail at Reagan National Airport. 7/1/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Richard Bennett after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing appreciation for the help he showed the citizen’s sister during a difficult incident. 7/1/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Cynthia Krakow after receiving a letter from Prince George’s County Police Department expressing their thanks for participating in their survivor pick-up detail at Reagan National Airport. 7/1/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Jim Granick after receiving a letter from a law firm expressing appreciation for going above and beyond expectations to assist with a civil fraud case. 7/1/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Paul Gorchels after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing her thanks for the help Deputy Gorchels provided when she had a flat tire on the beltline. 7/7/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Clint Seltzner after receiving a letter from the Village of Black Earth Board Trustees commending the positive rapport Deputy Seltzner has established with the Black Earth community.
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy James Kartman after receiving a letter from the Village of Black Earth Board Trustees commending the positive rapport Deputy Kartman has established with the Black Earth community.
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Kelly Rehwoldt after receiving a letter from the Shorewood Hills Police Department thanking Deputy Rehwoldt for helping fix a weapon that had malfunctioned at the Dane County Range.
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Huber Counselor James Gray after receiving a letter from a former inmate thanking him for his help while trying to make it through the CAMP program. 2/14/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Jail Diversion Clerk Kelly Hagenston after receiving a letter from a former inmate thanking her for her help while trying to make it through the CAMP program. 2/14/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Eric Markgraf after receiving a letter from a former inmate thanking Deputy Markgraf for his help while trying to make it through the CAMP program. 2/14/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Ira Simpson after receiving a letter from a former inmate thanking Deputy Simpson for his help while trying to make it through the CAMP program. 2/14/2011
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Michael Ziesch after receiving a letter from a staff person at the Mental Health Center of Dane County. The staff person expressed her pleasure of working with Deputy Ziesch on a case involving a person with mental illness. Deputy Ziesch was notably gracious, understanding, and respectful when dealing with a person with mental illness. 2/14/2011

2010 Recipients of the Attitude for Excellence Award

  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Detective William Hendrickson after receiving a letter from the parents of a victim of a crime. They expressed their thanks for Detective Hendrickson’s efforts during the investigation and his assistance proceeding the criminal trial of the offender – which resulted in a conviction. 12/22/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Garth Blake after receiving a letter from the parents of a women involved in a traffic crash. They thanked Deputy Blake for the good work he did during a crash scene investigation, which resulted in a conviction for the offender. 12/22/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Michael Schultz after receiving a letter from three citizens commending Deputy Shultz for his compassion, sincerity, and professionalism while dealing with an incident that occurred at their home. 12/15/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Public Information Officer Elise Schaffer after receiving a card from a County Board Supervisor thanking her for the work she did with the 2010 Citizen’s Academy. 12/2/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy James Kartman after receiving a letter from a citizen thanking him for his work on the TRIAD Car Care Clinic in Black Earth. Deputy Kartman was commended for his hard work and ability to foster good community relations. 11/24/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy David Lambrecht after receiving a letter from a citizen who expressed his appreciation for the help his wife received when Deputy Lambrecht assited her with a flat tire. 8/27/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Detective Sabrina Sims after receiving a letter from the USDOJ Drug Enforcement Administration ASAC who expressed his appreciation for the hard work, dedication, and professionalism Det. Sims displayed while working with that agency on several cases. 8/27/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Randall Wiessinger after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing her thanks to Deputy Randall Wiessinger for the professional conduct and kindness showed to her, in front of her grandchildren, when she was stopped for a couple of violations. The citizen thanked Deputy Wiessinger for the good job he does. 7/22/2009
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Brent Baverstock after receiving a letter from Gerald Mourning, Chief of Police for the Arlington Heights Police Department. He wanted to express his appreciation to Deputy Baverstock for his help in locating a senior citizen, suffering from dementia and diabetes, who had been reported missing. 8/14/2009
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Brent Norton after receiving a letter from Jeff Veloff, Chief of Police for the Mount Horeb Police Department, expressing his gratitude to Deputy Norton for his assistance, while off duty, in the prevention of a potential catastrophe, when he observed two toddlers, who were unattended, playing in the business 18-151 roadway in the Village of Mount Horeb. 8/18/2009
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Matthew Peterson after receiving an email from a citizen commending Deputy Peterson for the way she was treated as he assisted her with a blown tire when she was passing through Dane County. 09/16/2009
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Ron Dorn after Deputy Dorn received a card from parents expressing their thanks to him for teaching the St. Andrews middle school students and parents about Internet safety. He made such a great impact that their daughter came home that same day and made changes to her Face Book page. 1/6/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Detective Linda Pederson-Honer after receiving a letter from a man whose son had passed away. The man expressed his appreciatation for Detective Pederson-Honer and how she had acted in a pleasant, informative, and very compassionate way, when dealing with him concerning the death of his son. 3/3/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Greg Leatherberry after receiving a letter from a man whose son had passed away. The man was thankful for the respect and compassion that Deputy Leatherberry had shown while dealing with the man concerning the death of his son. 3/3/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Mike Schlicht after receiving a letter from a man whose son had passed away. The man was thankful for the respect and compassion that Deputy Schlicht had shown while dealing with the man concerning the death of his son. 3/3/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy James Kelley after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing her thanks to Deputy James Kelley for the kindness showed to her while helping her with a flat tire. 5/18/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Kyle McNally after receiving a letter from the Deforest Police Department School Resource Officer who passed along poem written by one of her students about Deputy McNally. The poem highlighted the positive impact Deputy McNally had when interacting with the student. 5/25/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Matthew Gueldner after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing his thanks for Deputy Gueldner's knowledge and professionalism during a Boater Safety Course. 5/25/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Captain Jeffrey Teuscher after receiving a letter from a County Board Supervisor expressing her thanks for an “educational” and “eye opening” tour of the jail. 6/2/10
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Sergeant Daniel Turk after receiving a letter from a County Board Supervisor expressing her thanks for an “educational” and “eye opening” tour of the jail. 6/2/10
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Todd Dosher after receiving a letter from a family commending him on his calm, professional, and listening manner during an incident in which they were being harassed via phone an text messages. Deputy Dosher helped resolve the incident and helped minimize the stress on the family. 7/19/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Anthony Balistreri after receiving a letter from an assisted living facility expressing appreciation for the prompt, professional, and dedicated manner in which Deputy Balistreri investigated a petty theft. 7/29/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Amy Severson after receiving a letter from a Lieutenant and Deputy from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office regarding assistance Deputy Severson provided when dealing with a malfunctioning transmitter for the Project Lifesaver system. Deputy Severson went above and beyond to ensure the child wearing the transmitter would be safe while spending time in Dane County. 7/29/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Kyle McNally after receiving a letter from a citizen who expressed her appreciation for the “help and friendliness” she received when Deputy McNally assited her with a flat tire. 7/29/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Sergeant Gordon Disch after receiving a letter from the Director of the National Drug Intelligence Center expressing his thanks for providing valuable information through a National Drug Threat Survey for 2010. The information is used to help allocate resources and formulate plans to reduce drug problems. 7/29/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Margaret Wise after receiving a letter from an attorney who expressed his appreciation for assistance that was provided to him regarding a writ to transport an inmate.
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy David Freeman after receiving a letter from a family who expressed their appreciation for the help and support in locating an elderly family member with medical problems. 9/7/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Josalyn Longly after receiving a letter from a family who expressed their appreciation for the help and support in locating an elderly family member with medical problems. 9/7/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Sergeant Christopher Larsh after receiving a letter from a family who expressed their appreciation for the help and support in locating an elderly family member with medical problems. 9/7/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Detective Brian Lukens after receiving a letter from a citizen from out of state who expressed her appreciation for the help given to her and her family when her vehicle became disabled on the interstate. 9/9/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Brian Harter after receiving a letter from a citizen who witnessed Deputy Harter’s professional and compassionate actions during an eviction process. 9/16/2010
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence Award to Deputy Ismael Sanchez after receiving a performance report from a supervisor who commended Deputy Sanchez’s initiative and dedication . While on his own personal time, Deputy Sanchez helped in the removal and confiscation of several firearms from a residence. The firearms were likely used in recent crimes. 9/16/2010

2009 Recipients of the Attitude for Excellence Award

  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Brian Tuescher, after receiving a letter from a citizen thanking Deputy Tuescher for the courtesy and professionalism showed to her after her vehicle went into a ditch due to icy weather conditions. Deputy Tuescher arrived on the scene quickly and assisted in getting the vehicle back on the road. 01/08/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy George Mayerhofer, after receiving a letter from a citizen thanking him for being “helpful, respectful, personable, and down-to-earth” involving an incident when the couple’s vehicle slid into a ditch. Deputy Mayerhofer made sure that the couple was safe while their vehicle was being towed out of the ditch, and that others on the road were safe as well. 01/12/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Brent Baverstock, after receiving a letter from a family thanking him for his assistance after their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. Deputy Baverstock was professional and caring during this family’s ordeal, and also played a role in the children looking at the experience as an adventure rather than a tragedy. 01/15/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Sergeant Jeffrey Heil, after receiving a letter from a family thanking him for his assistance after their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. Sergeant Heil was professional and caring during this family’s ordeal, and also played a role in the children looking at the experience as an adventure rather than a tragedy. 01/15/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Daniel Farmer, after receiving a letter from a family thanking him for his assistance in finding them a car rental agency at the airport after their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. Deputy Farmer was professional and caring during this family’s ordeal, and also played a role in the children looking at the experience as an adventure rather than a tragedy. 01/21/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Amy Severson, after receiving a letter from a family thanking her for her assistance in finding them a car rental agency at the airport after their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. Deputy Severson was professional and caring during this family’s ordeal, and also played a role in the children looking at the experience as an adventure rather than a tragedy. 01/21/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Amy Severson, after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing her thanks for Deputy Severson’s assistance with the citizen’s cousin who became very sick after arriving at the airport. Not only did Deputy Severson take care of the situation, but she did so in a professional, calm, and kind manner. 01/21/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Kevin McKnight, after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing her thanks for Deputy McKnight’s assistance with the citizen’s cousin who became very sick after arriving at the airport. Not only did Deputy McKnight take care of the situation, but he did so in a professional, calm, and kind manner. 01/21/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Coy Bethel, after receiving a thank you card from a Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Explorer, expressing his thanks to Deputy Bethel for going above and beyond to ensure his success as an Explorer and as a person. 01/22/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Leslie Fox, after receiving a thank you card from a Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Explorer, expressing his thanks to Deputy Fox for going above and beyond to ensure his success as an Explorer and as a person. 01/22/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Josalyn Longley, after receiving a thank you card from a Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Explorer, expressing his thanks to Deputy Longley for going above and beyond to ensure his success as an Explorer and as a person. 01/22/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy John Nelson, after receiving a thank you card from a Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Explorer, expressing his thanks to Deputy Nelson for going above and beyond to ensure his success as an Explorer and as a person. 01/22/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Michael Block, after receiving a thank you card from a Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Explorer, expressing his thanks to Deputy Block for going above and beyond to ensure his success as an Explorer and as a person. 01/22/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Heidi Gardner, after receiving a thank you card from a Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Explorer, expressing his thanks to Deputy Gardner for going above and beyond to ensure his success as an Explorer and as a person. 01/22/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Richard Bennett, after receiving a thank you card from a Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Explorer, expressing his thanks to Deputy Bennett for going above and beyond to ensure his success as an Explorer and as a person. 01/22/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Amy Severson, after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing her thanks for Deputy Severson’s help in escorting her to the outdoor top level of the airport parking ramp. The citizen was afraid her vehicle wouldn’t start since it had been sitting out for a week while she was gone. 01/27/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Juan Mejia, after receiving a letter from a couple expressing their thanks for Deputy Mejia helping their daughter when she had a flat tire during some very foggy weather. Deputy Mejia not only stayed with her until help arrived, but was polite and courteous as well. 02/03/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Jeffrey Thiel, after receiving a letter from a couple expressing their thanks for Deputy Thiel’s help when they had an accident on Highway MN. Deputy Theil took very good care of the couple, answering their questions, and doing whatever needed to be done to help them through this experience. 02/03/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Coy Bethel, after receiving a letter from Noble Wray, Chief of Police for the Madison Police Department expressing his thanks to Deputy Bethel for Deputy Bethel’s assistance, along with the Explorer group, with their in-service trainings at the West Towne Mall in January. Deputy Bethel was not only very professional during these trainings, but the help he provided was invaluable. 02/09/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Leslie Fox, after receiving a letter from Noble Wray, Chief of Police for the Madison Police Department expressing his thanks to Deputy Fox for her assistance, along with the Explorer group, with their in-service trainings at the West Towne Mall in January. Deputy Fox was not only very professional during these trainings, but the help she provided was invaluable. 02/09/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Heidi Gardner, after receiving a letter from Noble Wray, Chief of Police for the Madison Police Department expressing his thanks to Deputy Gardner for her assistance, along with the Explorer group, with their in-service trainings at the West Towne Mall in January. Deputy Fox was not only very professional during these trainings, but the help she provided was invaluable. 02/09/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Josalyn Longley, after receiving a letter from Noble Wray, Chief of Police for the Madison Police Department expressing his thanks to Deputy Longley for her assistance, along with the Explorer group, with their in-service trainings at the West Towne Mall in January. Deputy Longley was not only very professional during these trainings, but the help she provided was invaluable. 02/09/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Christopher Ramirez after receiving a letter from a family expressing their thanks to him for his assistance to them in finding a car rental agency at the airport, after their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. Deputy Ramirez was not only professional and caring during this family’s ordeal but he also played a role in the children looking at this experience as an adventure rather than a tragedy. 02/10/2009
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy William McGowan, after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing his thanks to Deputy McGowan for assisting him with a flat tire on a highway just outside of Madison. Deputy McGowan offered to change the tire and did so in a courteous and professional manner. 02/11/2009
     

2008 Recipients of the Attitude for Excellence Award

  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Paul Thompson after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing her and her family’s gratitude for the dignity in which he handled a call to the residence. 04/30/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Mica Weber after receiving a letter from a citizen thanking him for rescuing her from a huge snow drift. Dep. Weber handled the call with professionalism, while showing warmth, kindness and even humor. 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Detective William Hendrickson after receiving a letter from the District Attorney’s Office thanking him for the exemplary work he performed on a reckless homicide case. Det. Hendrickson “went above and beyond in this case…and should be commended for his diligence and excellent work.” 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Jeffrey Radaj after receiving an e-mail via the County Executive’s office from a citizen who was stranded on the Interstate between Janesville and Madison on February 6. Even though Dep. Radaj was off duty, he made repeated walks up and down the roadway checking on people. 05/01/2008.
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Brian Harter after receiving a note attached to a payment of a process check from a local financial institution, thanking him for the hard work performed in locating a vehicle for the institution. 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Scott Lehmann after receiving a thank you letter from a citizen for providing the level of service to her even though there was a more pressing matter to deal with at the time. The fact that Dep. Lehmann took the time to call her, twice, made a huge impact on her regarding his character. 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Sergeant. Michael Statz after receiving a letter from Judge Patrick Fiedler, expressing thanks for the outstanding and professional job he performed ensuring that a jury trial ran smoothly. 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Brian Mell after receiving a letter from Judge Patrick Fiedler, expressing thanks for the outstanding and professional job he performed ensuring that a jury trial ran smoothly. 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Eric Novotny after receiving a letter from a citizen thanking him for his assistance when a tire blew on her vehicle. Dep. Novotny not only changed the tire, but helped her find the nearest business for her to get a replacement tire. 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy James Nisius after receiving a letter from a citizen thanking him for his assistance and professionalism regarding a drunk driver who hit a tractor-trailer on the Interstate. 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Lieutenant. Steven Gilmore after receiving a letter from a citizen thanking him for the timely way Lt. Gilmore responded to and secured the scene of a car accident on Highway 51. 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Thomas Stokes after receiving a letter from a citizen thanking him for the timely way Dep. Stokes responded to and secured the scene of a car accident on Highway 51. 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy David Gnacinski after receiving a letter from a citizen thanking him for the timely way Dep. Gnacinski responded to and secured the scene of a car accident on Highway 51. 05/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Cindy Holmes after receiving a letter from the Latino Parents Meeting Committee with LaFollette High School expressing their thanks to her for the presentation given regarding drugs and alcohol issues. Deputy Holmes’ “warm personality and charisma” led to a connection with the students. 06/24/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Kyle McNally after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing her thanks for not receiving a ticket while she was going through a rough patch. She was thankful for the kindness and understanding shown to her. 06/24/2008.
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Sgt. Thomas Sankey after receiving a thank you card from a citizen expressing her thanks for his patience, enthusiasm, and kindness during a ride-along. 06/24/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy David Gnacinski after receiving a letter from a citizen thanking him for the timely way Dep. Gnacinski responded to his disabled vehicle and changing the tire. 06/26/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Detective Linda Pederson-Honer after receiving a thank you card from a citizen thanking her for her help in finding answers to a missing person case that was 50 years old. 07/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Detective Gwen Ruppert after receiving a thank you card from a citizen thanking her for her help in finding answers to a missing person case that was 50 years old. 07/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Lieutenant Steven Gilmore after receiving a thank you card from a citizen thanking him for his help in finding answers to a missing person case that was 50 years old. 07/01/2008
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Coy Bethel after receiving a thank you letter from the Hartford Police Department for assistance, knowledge of, and motivational skills with the youth during their first participation in the National Convention. 09/06/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Daniel Frosch after receiving a letter from a citizen expressing thanks for Dep. Frosch taking time to provide some kindly advice during an extremely stressful day for her in court. 09/16/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Trenton Schafer after receiving a thank you letter from the District Attorney’s Office for the excellent job taking the initiative and time to research the identity of an intended recipient of a letter sent by an inmate of the jail. Due to those actions, additional charges were brought against the defendant and strengthened the case. 09/16/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Randall Wiessinger after receiving a letter from a recently retired Senior Motor Sergeant for the United States Park Police. The letter expressed gratitude and the utmost respect for the professionalism and dedication that Dep. Wiessinger and his motor team showed during Police Week. The writer stated, “…few measure up to the dedication and professionalism of Deputy Wiessinger’s team.” 09/23/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Robby Vick after receiving a card from two citizens thanking him for taking the time to return an auto insurance card they lost. 09/23/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Todd Endl after receiving a card from Judge Sarah O’Brien, expressing her thanks for the impressive tour of the Courthouse that Dep. Endl gave to the State Courts Security & Facilities Committee. 09/23/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Steven French after receiving a card from a citizen thanking him for going “beyond the call of duty” to assist her in retrieving her wallet left at a store in the area. Working with a post office employee, Dep. French had the wallet sent back to the owner at no cost to the owner. 09/23/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Detective William Hendrickson after receiving a card from the Office of the Corporation Counsel, expressing how much the Office appreciates working with him. Det. Hendrickson “is thorough and prompt in responses, often providing information on the same day it was requested.” Corporation Counsel also feels Det. Hendrickson is very good at working with families in crisis; being respectful and understanding to them, but pursuing information needed to help. 09/24/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Paul Pickar after receiving a letter from a local attorney expressing appreciation for the professional and personal way Dep. Pickar handled the service of documents during a very stressful and volatile case involving a client. 09/24/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Civil Process Coordinator Lisa Laue after receiving a letter from a local attorney expressing appreciation for Ms. Laue’s keeping the attorney informed of communications between parties involved in a very stressful case involving a client. 09/24/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Michael Block after receiving a letter from Chief Frank Sleeter of the Sun Prairie Police Department expressing appreciation for Dep. Block’s assistance while off-duty. Dep. Block did not hesitate to engage in life-saving measures for someone who was not breathing and did not have a heartbeat. This man is alive and well today because of Dep. Block’s actions. 09/24/08
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Deputy Dave Lambrecht. Sheriff Mahoney received a letter from Midwest Patrol and Investigative commending Dep. Lambrecht on his "bravery, tactics, valor and humility" in an incident involving MPI Officers and a robbery at a movie theatre. Dep. Lambrecht was credited for his action through the media, but made sure that the MPI Officers were given their just due as well. 10/27/2008

2007 Recipients of the Attitude for Excellence Award

  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Sgt. Krist Boldt after receiving a letter from the Edgewood Campus Grade School. Edgewood thanked Sgt. Boldt for providing the real world application of science, specifically chemistry and its use for the Dane County Bomb Squad. The presentation “was interesting, informative, fascinating, and fun.” 12/18/2007
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Dep. Brian Bresina for his work on redesigning the Sheriff’s Office website. Dep. Bresina designed the site that made it easy to view with a professional appearance. 12/19/2007
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence to Systems Coordinator Pat Imhoff for her work on the Dane County Sheriff’s Office 2006 Annual Report. The report captured the many programs and successes of the Sheriff’s Office. 11/09/2007
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputies Randy Wiessinger, Steve Mueller and Nathan Alwin after receiving a letter from the Program Director of the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center. The Director expressed her thanks for the deputies continued leadership in serving on the committee that puts the Safe Harbor Motorcycle Ride together each year.  09/26/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Sergeant R. J. Lurquin after receiving a letter from the General Manager of Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson and the Director of Sauk Prairie H.O.G. Chapter. Each expressed their gratitude for Sergeant Lurquin's help in coordinating with this year's Freedom Ride to benefit Muscular Dystrophy. 09/26/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy Paul Thompson after receiving a card from a woman whose father was missing. The woman wanted to thank Deputy Thompson for his assistance and the fact that he kept in close contact with her family over the course of two days. 09/26/07

  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Lieutenant Tim Schuetz after receiving a card from a man whose son Lt. Schuetz dealt with. The father wanted to express his thanks for Lt. Schuetz's professional conduct. The father described the incident as "....very delicate" and that Lt. Schuetz handled the incident "....very well." 10/23/07

  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Sergeant Krist Boldt after receiving an E-mail from a Wisconsin Department of Transportation head expressing her thanks to Sergeant Boldt for being a "....valuable resource for the state level TraCS project." " The Department Head stated Sergeant Boldt's "...ideas for improving this project could benefit all TraCS agencies. " 10-23-07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy Kevin O'Brien after receiving a letter from a Dane County Judge expressing his thanks to Deputy O'Brien for an outstanding job done recently with jurors of a homicide trial. 11-02/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy Lori Casper after receiving a card from a juror. The juror wanted to express her thanks for Deputy Casper ".... being supportive, kind, and helpful..." during a long homicide trial. The juror also commented that Deputy Casper "...put a lot of hard work and dedication into this trial." 10/03/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy Susan Bowers after receiving a card from a juror. The juror wanted to express her thanks for Deputy Bowers ".... being supportive, kind, and helpful..." during a long homicide trial. The juror also commented that Deputy Bowers "...put a lot of hard work and dedication into this trial." 10/03/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy Kurt Konkol after receiving a card from a juror. The juror wanted to express her thanks for Deputy Konkol ".... being supportive, kind, and helpful..." during a long homicide trial. The juror also commented that Deputy Konkol "...put a lot of hard work and dedication into this trial." 10/03/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy Paula Martinez after receiving a card from a juror. The juror wanted to express her thanks for Deputy Martinez ".... being supportive, kind, and helpful..." during a long homicide trial. The juror also commented that Deputy Martinez "...put a lot of hard work and dedication into this trial." 10/03/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy David Hafeman after receiving a card from a juror. The juror wanted to express her thanks for Deputy Hafeman ".... being supportive, kind, and helpful..." during a long homicide trial. The juror also commented that Deputy Hafeman "...put a lot of hard work and dedication into this trial." 10/03/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Detective Cheryl Patty after receiving a letter from a husband and wife whose son had been arrested and incarcerated. The parents expressed their thanks to Deputy Patty "... for being one of the most sensitive and caring individuals they've associated with....." 11/05/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy Coy Bethel after receiving a thank you card from a citizen. The citizen expressed her thanks for Deputy Bethel's ".... compassion and concern during a domestic disturbance." The citizen believed Deputy Bethel was patient with her family and appreciated that he called her two weeks later to check on them and how they were doing. 11/05/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awareded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy Kimberly Derse after receiving a card from a former juror. The juror expressed her thanks for Deputy Derse "... being supportive, kind, and helpful..." during a long trail.10/03/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy Jay Linley after receiving a card from a former juror. The juror expressed her thanks for Deputy Linley "... being supportive, kind and helpful..." during a long trial 10/03/07
     
  • Sheriff Mahoney awarded an Attitude for Excellence award to Deputy David Knapp after receiving a card from a former juror. The juror expressed her thanks for Deputy Knapp "... being supportive, kind and helpful..." during a long trial 10/03/07