BELOIT

Rep. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, has endorsed Troy Knudson in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary for Rock County sheriff.

In a news release from the Knudson campaign, Spreitzer is quoted as saying Knudson, a commander with the sheriff’s office, “is uniquely suited to make the changes we need in our criminal justice and policing system in Rock County.”

Spreitzer cites Knudson’s experience and says: “As jail administrator, Troy has already been making positive changes ... from releasing inmates at a reasonable hour of the morning so they can get home to making it easier for volunteers to visit the jail and provide support to inmates.”

“On the patrol side, Troy developed Rock County’s tracking system for use of force and trained deputies to de-escalate difficult situations. I’m incredibly excited by what Troy could do leading the entire Rock County Sheriff’s Office.”

Knudson faces just-retired sheriff’s Capt. Gary Groelle in the primary. The winner faces sheriff’s Capt. Jude Maurer in the Nov. 6 election.

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