MARINETTE — Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve on Tuesday reported that he has made a preliminary commitment for four to six of his officers to at the request of the Milwaukee Police Department help provide security at next July’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

“There’s a letter that went out and I attended the Badger State Sheriff’s Conference last month in Milwaukee to learn more about it,” he explained to the county board’s Public Services Committee. “They are seeking the help of municipalities across the state to augment their security at the event which is 100-percent reimbursable to us.

“So when they get closer to finalizing the details, they will then be sending us an intergovernmental agreement which I will bring before this committee and I’ve talked to the corporation counsel (Gale Mattison) about this.”

The letter from Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said, “As you know the City of Milwaukee has been selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention July 13-16. The DNC will be designated as a national security event. To meet the extraordinary security demands for the DNC, the Milwaukee Police Department is reaching out to intergovernmental partners to recruit certified police officers and equipment from across the state to supplement our resources.”

“I just thought I would mention it today because I learned more about it at the conference,” Sauve said. “They’re going to have their hands full. We will offer what we can, again it’s reimbursable.”

The sheriff said a presentation was made at the conference in Milwaukee by the Milwaukee County sheriff, Milwaukee police chief, the FBI and Secret Service. 

“They took us one evening to the Fiserv Forum where the main thing is going to happen,” he said. “We got to see the bowels of the place and the Bucks’ lockerroom.”

Supervisor Ken Keller, committee chairperson, asked if the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department officers would be needed for all of the days of the event?

“I don’t know for sure,” Sauve said. “But I know the focus is going to be kind of like this, their people are going to be on the front lines where they expect protesters and trouble, that type of thing, in the event of an arrest being made and future court being necessary. 

“The people coming from across the state are going to be in other type of roles. That is perhaps to be on buses from airports in back with dignitaries, hotel duty where dignitaries are staying and coming or going. Or posted throughout the convention hall.”

The sheriff said “I think it’s going to be pretty cool opportunity for some of our people to go down and earn some overtime on their days off and be part of that.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

¦ The sheriff and Jail Administrator Bob Majewski reported that progress has been made in trying to fill four open corrections officers positions.

“We are in the process of attempting to hire a corrections officer, we’re four down,” Sauve said. “We’ve run into some snags  in the process. We’re trying to iron those out.”

“We have one (person) that accepted an offer and has a starting date,” Majewski said. “We had another one that has a conditional offer and they’re still working on the other two.”

Majewski said the Department of Corrections regional detention specialist recently made her annual inspection of the jail.

He also reported that the jail population declined to an average of 99 inmates in August with a couple others on electronic monitoring.

¦ County Administrator John Lefebvre reported that Child Support Director Sue Hinch is going to retire next month.

“I just wanted the committee to know that we received a notice that our child support director is retiring,” he told the committee. “So we have started the process of hiring a child support director. Her last official date for work I think is in the first part of October.”