Leonhardt Releases Statement on Firing

Posted at: 01/21/2014 4:49 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2014 6:21 PM

Mike Leonhardt
Mike Leonhardt
Photo: ABC 6 News photo from Jan. 2010

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- After speaking to ABC 6 News off camera Monday night, Mike Leonhardt Tuesday released a statement on his firing from the Dodge County Sheriff's Office after 26 years.

Here is the entire statement from Leonhardt, unedited.

I started my law enforcement career at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in 1987. 

I have dedicated my whole law enforcement career to serving Dodge County for the past 26 ½ years, and raised my family here.   

During my career I’ve worked in patrol, then was promoted to Sergeant, then to Captain, and finally to Chief Deputy since 2009.  I’ve had the opportunity to work under and learn from five different Sheriff’s.

I’ve worked closely with Court Administration, Probation, Dodge County Human Resources, Drug Court, Dodge County Administration, and numerous others, on a regular daily or weekly basis and have always had the support of the County Commissioners, the County Attorney’s Office, Court Administration, and many others in our community.

My Loyalty, which is what seems to be in question, has always been to the citizens of Dodge County who I’ve had the opportunity to serve during my entire career.  As the second in command, I’ve always felt I had the responsibility to express my honest opinions openly with the Sheriff when discussing policies, procedures, and disciplinary actions for the betterment of the department. 

While my confidence in our current Sheriff changed dramatically in the last three years, my loyalty to the citizens of Dodge County, and the dedication and effort I put into my career everyday at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office never wavered.

If you want an accurate assessment of my loyalty and work ethics, I suggest you talk to the people I worked with everyday in the various Dodge County departments.

I would like to say “Thank You” Dodge County for giving me the opportunity to serve you.  It was an honor.


Tuesday, ABC 6 News also spoke with assistant public defender Rachael Drenckpohl, who started a petition to reinstate Leonhardt.

We also spoke with county officials, who said they could not comment on the issue.