WASHBURN COUNTY — Washburn County has posted a job opening for the Chief Deputy position in the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office as current Chief Deputy Nick Helstern is set to retire.

In a recent communication with DrydenWire.com, Chief Deputy Helstern confirmed that he would be retiring in the coming weeks. Helstern has protected and served the citizens of Washburn County for nearly 30 years, with the last two as Chief Deputy.

Helstern was selected over several other candidates that applied for the position by current Washburn County Sheriff Dennis Stuart in late March of 2019. This came on the heels of then Chief Deputy Mike Richter announcing his retirement on March 5, 2019.

After hearing that Helstern was going to retire, former Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden provided DrydenWire with the following statement:

"It is great to see Chief Deputy Nick Helstern retiring and moving on to a more peaceful and better life. Nick has served Washburn County well over these many years. I remember the day I hired Nick, as a jailer dispatcher, so many years ago. Nick quickly transitioned to a Deputy Sheriff Patrol Officer position. Nick was very dedicated, very personally and emotionally connected to our county residents. Nick and I experienced many challenges over the years in our community, Nicks Faith in God helped us through those trying times. Nick has always been concerned about our constituents inalienable rights. Nick will be missed in our law enforcement community. I wish him all the best." - Terry

A job posting for the Chief Deputy Sheriff position and application can be found on the Washburn County website or viewed below.

Chief Deputy Sheriff

Washburn County is seeking qualified applicants to fill the Chief Deputy position with the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department. The duties of the Chief Deputy include: assisting the Sheriff with enforcing state and local laws, departmental policies, departmental budget development, and administration, as well as providing supervision to the department’s various division heads. Well-qualified candidates will have experience with budget development and control; seven years of law enforcement experience, two years of law enforcement supervisory experience; and demonstrated ability to deal effectively with the public, state and federal agencies, and special interest groups.

Education: An Associate degree in Police Science or 60 college credits is required; a 4-year degree in Police Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field is desirable, or any combination of education/experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Other Requirements: WI Law Enforcement Standards Board Certification, and a valid Wisconsin driver’s license.

Starting wage range is $31.51 - 35.03/hr DOQ, an excellent benefits package.

A Washburn County employment application may be downloaded from the County website at www.co.washburn.wi.us, or obtained by contacting the Washburn County Personnel Office, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871 (715-468-4624 or FAX 715-468-4628) or e-mail adminper@co.washburn.wi.us. Resumes will be accepted but will not take the place of a completed application. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 5, 2021. Equal Opportunity Employer.


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