Candidates for Rock County sheriff support Blackhawk Tech referendum

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Gazette staff
Thursday, August 7, 2014

JANESVILLE--Both candidates for Rock County sheriff endorse the Blackhawk Technical College referendum, according to a written release from Friends of BTC.

Tuesday's ballot question asks voters to increase the operational levy for the college by $4 million permanently through a one-time raise of the operational base that extends each year into the future.

“As an alumnus of Blackhawk Technical College, as a former instructor at BTC and as someone who hires and employs BTC graduates, I have experienced first hand the impact BTC has on our county,” Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said in the written statement. “I fully support the referendum and encourage the community support of its adoption on Aug. 12 to ensure we have a skilled and prepared law enforcement workforce.”

“I am proud to endorse the Blackhawk Technical College referendum and encourage the public to vote for its passage,” Capt. Gary Groelle said in the written statement. “Many BTC graduates have been hired by the Rock County Sheriff's Office as deputies and correctional officers. BTC has been fiscally responsible, while adding quality law enforcement staff to the local workforce. This referendum will allow them to continue to be a strong partner in our efforts to keep Rock County safe.”

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