By Thomas W. Bahr
As we ring in the New Year, I hope that this edition of the Wisconsin Police Journal finds all our members and friends in good health.
It was extremely encouraging for me to see the results of our state and local elections, and they renewed my faith in our ability to bring our members’ issues to the attention of those who aspire to hold an elected office. By actively supporting those candidates who support us and our issues, we can continue to improve our legislative effectiveness.
While WPPA candidates were overwhelmingly successful on election night, it was somewhat bittersweet to watch the votes come in, recognizing that our president, David Mahoney, was elected to be the next sheriff of Dane County. Over the last two years, I have worked closely with Dave on a variety of WPPA matters, and his dedication and work for the betterment of this Association have been extraordinary. While he will be missed at the WPPA, I know that Dave will always consider the best interests of both the department and the men and women who serve the citizens of Dane County as he performs the duties of his new office.
As members of the WPPA, you have a Board of Directors comprised of extremely dedicated men and women who serve you and this organization’s interests. One such person is Dennis LeCaptain, a detective with the Janesville Police Department. Dennis has served on the Board since March of 2001. He is currently the Vice-President, and he will become the President of the WPPA when David Mahoney is sworn in as the Sheriff of Dane County. We welcome Dennis to this new position and look forward to continuing to work with him.
The WPPA will observe its 75th Anniversary at the annual convention in May. A complete agenda and registration materials will be mailed out to local presidents the first week of March, and will be published in the April issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal. The convention will again be held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells from May 19 through 21. The WPPA has grown significantly since it was founded in 1932, and our convention planning committee is busy working to put together an extraordinary event.
I hope that you and your family will come and celebrate this milestone with us.