Graves won't run again as sheriff

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Staff | March 14, 2014

ELKHORN--After 42 years of service in Walworth County law enforcement Sheriff David Graves announced he will not seek another term as Walworth County Sheriff, according to a release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Office.

Graves began his law enforcement career August 1, 1972 as a police aide for Whitewater Police Department. One year later at age 20, he was promoted to patrolman.

Graves left the Whitewater Police Department in 1976 to become a Walworth County deputy sheriff.  During his time at the Sheriff's office, Graves has held the rank of patrol deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, undersheriff, and sheriff.

Graves credits Undersheriff Kurt Picknell for assisting in maintaining public safety, and recommends Picknell as sheriff.

“Kurt has been my undersheriff for the past 14 years,” Graves said. “He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice management and a master's degree in business administration. As the second in command, he has been vital to the administration of this office. Based on his education, years of experience, dedication, and personal values, I strongly believe that Undersheriff Kurt Picknell should be the next Walworth County Sheriff.”

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