BALSAM LAKE, Wis. -- Today, Polk County resident, Brent Waak, officially announced his candidacy for Polk County Sheriff. Waak, a 20 year veteran, and current Patrol Sergeant with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department announced his intention to run for Polk County Sheriff publicly at an event on Thursday night. 

Sgt. Waak has been honored to hold a supervisory position for over 13 of his 20 years of service. Speaking of his leadership in the department, Sgt. Waak said, “In my 20 years working for the Sheriff’s Department, I have forged a reputation for being honest and ethical. These are just some of the core values I intend to continue to build into the Polk County Sheriff’s Department once elected.” 

Reflecting on his relationships within the department, he said, “It has been an honor to work with some very dedicated and talented team members at the county.” 

Sgt. Waak graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After College he started his law enforcement career and married his wife, Shari. They have 3 children and he feels blessed to live and work in Polk County Wisconsin. 

Sgt. Waak said of his law enforcement career, “I have faced many challenges, but have always stepped up when called upon. I have witnessed extraordinary acts of bravery and heroics, but I have also seen tragedy and evil. As Sheriff, my promise is to face challenges in our community with steadfast leadership, so when we prevail, we will come back together as a community.” 

Polk County is faced with many difficult issues. “Substance abuse and the lack of mental health services are two key issues that I plan to work towards creating solutions. While these are complex problems which require a community effort to solve, I believe practical solutions are realistic.” 

In the coming months, Sgt. Waak plans to campaign diligently meeting as many individuals as possible. He believes open lines of communication will be very important for the new Sheriff, as well as transparency and accessibility once in office. 

“With proven experience and leadership, I am asking for your support to achieve my goal to become the next Polk County Sheriff. If elected, I will serve our community with pride. Together we can build a safer community, stronger relationships, and renewed confidence in the Sheriff’s department. I promise to stay true to my values and provide Polk County with professional law enforcement services.” 

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