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About Mike

Mike Richter was born in Shell Lake, about 300 feet from the office where he reports to work daily. Mike's parents are Connie and the late Rudy Richter. Mike grew up with 1 younger sister, Lynn Richter(Berghuis). Mike remembers spending Saturdays at Grandma Mary Richter's farm located East of Sarona, and then Sunday dinners after church at Grandma Clarice Morey's house in Shell Lake.

 Mike Graduated from Shell Lake High School and then attended Chippewa Valley Technical Institute, where he received an Associate's Degree in Police Science. Mike attended police recruit class in Rice Lake, where he graduated #2 in the class. Mike was hired as a part-time police officer by  Shell Lake Police Chief Ralph VanMeter.  Shortly thereafter, Mike was also working part-time for Spooner Chief Leroy Schindeldecker. Mike worked part-time for approximately 2 1/2 years before being hired as a Deputy Sheriff by Washburn County Sheriff Don Fuller.

Mike worked for 8 years as a Patrol Deputy, responding to calls for service throughout Washburn County. During this time frame, Mike had the opportunity to assist with CPR at the Shell Lake beach, and successfully revive a drowning victim. The greatest aspect of the Patrol Deputy assignment for Mike was to be traveling around Washburn County and interacting with the citizens.

Mike was promoted into the position of Washburn County Drug Investigator, where he served for 12 years. In the early years of this assignment Mike was mentored by Allen Albee before Al was killed in the line of duty. Mike worked undercover drug enforcement assignments in 3 states, and in 9 counties in Northwest Wisconsin. Mike's most notable undercover drug purchase was a 1 pound quantity of Meth, for $16000 dollars. This was the largest purchase of Meth in Washburn County history and led to 3 Minnesota men being sentenced to Federal Prison for 11 years each. Mike also drafted a search warrant for a Town of Evergreen home which yielded 1.5 Kilos of Meth, the largest seizure of Meth in Washburn County history. During Mike's tenure as Drug Investigator, Mike and the team helping him, obtained over 20 Federal Indictments.....the most in the history of The Sheriff's Office. Mike was also able to arrest over 100 individuals for Felony drug offenses.

Mike was selected by his peers as the very first Special Response Team Leader. This group of men and women provide a tactical response to barricaded subjects, high risk warrant service, and special operations that require tactical training and advanced equipment. Mike led SRT for 12 years without any injuries incurred by team members during operations. Mike left SRT when he was promoted to the administrative position of Chief Deputy.

The Chief Deputy serves as second in command to The Sheriff. Some of the duties of this position include overseeing all aspects of The Sheriff's Office daily operations. Daily operations include a 32 bed jail, a communications center that dispatches all law enforcement, fire, and EMS calls for service, Sheriff's patrol division, investigations, juvenile deputy, support staff, Managing the funds allocated in The Sheriff's Office annual budget, and accounting for and maintaining all Sheriff's Office assets.

While serving as Chief Deputy for the past 13 years, Mike has completed numerous projects to make the Sheriff's Office more efficient, cost effective, and safer. Some of these projects include a dictation system, computerized evidence system, project manager on $200,000 RMS and CAD system, and currently the project manager on a next generation 911 system.

Mike's personal connection with Washburn County drives his desire to be your next Sheriff. Mike's Family, friends, and neighbors call Washburn County home. Mike's second family are the staff of The Washburn County Sheriff's Office. In the interest of continuing the tradition of being a safe, friendly, and welcoming place to live, work, and play, Mike will continue to maintain order and ensure justice in Washburn County !  



Mike Richter

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