I live in Boyceville with my wife Sadie. We have three daughters; a sophomore in college, sophomore in high school and an 8th grader in Boyceville schools. I was born in Menomonie in 1970. I grew up about a mile north of the Dunn County line in Prairie Farm, WI where I graduated from high school in 1988. I’m the youngest of three boys of Pat and Orland Bygd. My heritage runs deep in northern Dunn County. My parents were both born and raised in Dunn County.
After graduating high school in May 1988, I attended District One Technical College’s (now Chippewa Valley Technical College) Police Science program in Eau Claire before I was hired by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office as a Jail Officer/Dispatcher in July 1989 at the age of 19. I worked as a full-time Jail Officer/Dispatcher, part-time Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the Sheriff’s Office and a part-time patrol officer for the Village of Boyceville while attending school to achieve my state certification as a law enforcement officer. In August 1994 I started as a full-time patrol deputy for the Sheriff’s Office at age 24. After working as a full-time patrol deputy for over seven years, I was offered the position as the Civil Process Deputy. In January 2002 I started as the Civil Process Deputy handling the evictions, vehicle repossessions, property seizures and Sheriff Sales along with general service of civil and criminal papers. During this time I was offered an Adjunct Instructor position at Chippewa Valley Technical College and started teaching part-time as a firearms and use of force instructor in the new recruit program as well as the officer in-service annual updates.
In September 2005 I was promoted to Patrol Sergeant, responsible for supervising Patrol Deputies along with other administrative tasks including patrol scheduling. Once promoted to Sergeant I gave up my part-time teaching position at CVTC to focus on my new responsibilities but continue as a firearms and use of force instructor for the Sheriff’s Office. In February 2013 I was promoted to Captain of Field Services. In the position of Field Services Captain, I am third in command and oversee all sworn law enforcement officers for the Sheriff’s Office except the Sheriff and Chief Deputy, about 40 in total between sergeants, full-time deputies and reserve deputies. In that position I continue to do all of the scheduling for the law enforcement side of the Sheriff’s Office, I’m responsible for processing payroll for all of them, I manage the fleet of about 30 squad cars and all of the equipment for them and assist with the budgeting process. The Field Services portion of the Sheriff's Office budget is about 3.5 million dollars of the roughly 6 million dollar total budget including the jail. I am also responsible for overseeing the jail operations in the absence of the Sheriff and Chief Deputy. I am the Highway Safety Coordinator for Dunn County and I’m also the Chair of the Dunn County Safe Schools Committee and ALICE instructor for schools, businesses and churches. I have been an active member of the Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriff’s Association and have been appointed Sergeant At Arms by the last three presidents and currently still hold that position for the state-wide organization.
As you can see, I have experience in all areas of the Sheriff's Office, from bottom to top. I have been a firearms/use of force instructor for the department since 1997. I am a certified Advanced Armorer of Glock pistols, a certified AR-15 armorer, a former Master TASER Instructor for the department and TASER International along achieving many other certifications and accomplishments over my years of service to Dunn County. This includes being a Force Science certified use of force analyst. In my over 12 years of supervisory experience I’ve had the honor of attending some of the best leadership and supervisory trainings put on around the country.
I've worked closely with Sheriff Dennis Smith for the last 28+ years and have the support of Sheriffs and retired Sheriffs from around the state as Sheriff Smith prepares to enjoy retirement and turn the reins over to a new leader for the agency. Please compare resumes of all who enter this race. I’m quite confident that you will not find another candidate in this race for Sheriff of Dunn County that is more qualified for the position. I have the training, experience and dedication to hard work for this county that no other candidate has in this race.
Please support me by voting August 14th, 2018 in the republican primary and again on November 6th, 2018 in the general election. Remember you must vote a straight republican ticket to cast your vote for me in the August primary. I'm running as a republican because of who I am, not because of who holds any other elected office.
I have been part of this community all of my life. I was born in Menomonie and am honored to have served Dunn County for over 28 years at the Sheriff's Office and donating my time to other community service organizations. I've been a member of the Menomonie Lions Club for the past 15 years and a volunteer youth baseball and softball coach now for many years in both Boyceville and Colfax. I have been a volunteer hunter education instructor and continue to assist with student testing days in Boyceville.
I am the highway safety coordinator for Dunn County. I serve as the Chair for the Dunn County Safe Schools Committee. I also represent the Sheriff's Office at a joint committee with all stakeholders in the county to improve mental health resources to get the help that people need and want.
My goal is to continue to make Dunn County a safer place to live and raise our kids. Preventing threats to our schools, drug abuse and untreated mental health issues are my top priority.
We can't win this race without your help. Circulating nomination papers, putting up yard signs, word-of-mouth, and donating to the campaign are all ways of helping us achieve our goals together. Please contact Kevin if you would like to help us with the campaign to make Kevin Bygd the next Sheriff of Dunn County. Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 715-308-7982.