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Contact: Phone: (920) 448-4200  •  Fax: (920) 448-4206
Physical Address: 2684 Development Drive  •  Green Bay WI  •  54311  •  Map
Office Hours: Monday - Friday; 8 am - 4:30 pm

Patrol Division

Captain Sandberg
The Patrol Division is led by Captain Sandberg who has been with the Brown County Sheriff's Office since 1996. Prior to that, he served at Fort Bragg, N.C. in the U.S Army from 1990 to 1994. Captain Sandberg has worked in the jail, courthouse security, patrol, community policing and the training section in Professional Standards before becoming the Captain of the Patrol Division. He served on the SWAT team for 18 years.

Patrol is comprised of Lieutenants, Sergeants, and Deputies totaling approximately 100 sworn employees.

The Patrol Division is split into 4 shifts and is divided into 6 sections across the county.
  • Day shift 7a-3p
  • Afternoon shift 3p-11p
  • Night shift 11p-3a
  • Power shift 7p-3
The Patrol Division has various responsibilities, some of which are
  • Calls for service (disturbances, missing persons, thefts, burglaries, etc.)
  • Enforce state and local ordinances
  • Vehicle crash investigations 
  • Assisting other local law enforcement agencies when called upon
The Patrol Division provides valuable community service through traffic control, security details and dignitary protection to public and private organizations. 

Deputies also makes public service appearances on topics such as personal safety, workplace violence, ID theft prevention, and neighborhood watch coordination

In addition to the county patrol, The Sheriff's Office has 10 Directed Enforcement Officers (DEO) contracted by the Villages of Allouez, Bellevue, Denmark, Howard and Suamico.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                      DEOs

If you have any questions and concerns about the Patrol Division, click here to email Captain Sandberg

Investigative Division

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Captain Poteat
The Investigative Division is led by Captain David Poteat who has been with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office since 1998. Prior to serving the citizens of Brown County, he served in the U.S. Army from 1990 to 1995 as a Counterintelligence Special Agent. Captain Poteat began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in the Patrol Division. He was assigned to the Brown County Drug Task Force (BCDTF) as a Narcotics Investigator and later as the Evidence Sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant and served as Director of the Brown County Drug Task Force from December 2009 until March 2016 when he was promoted to Captain.  Captain Poteat led the Professional Standards Division before being assigned to his current position as the Captain of the Investigative Division. Captain Poteat is also a polygraph examiner for the Sheriff’s Office.

The Investigative Division consists of both sworn and civilian employees. These positions include: 
  •  Sworn employees
    • Investigative Lieutenants
    • Investigative Sergeants
    • School Resource Officers
  • Civilian employees
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Crime Analyst
    • Evidence Specialist
    • Evidence Technician
    • Forensic Analyst
The primary duty of the Investigative Division involves the investigation of criminal complaints, criminal activities, and the collection of preservation of evidence for the Sheriff's Office. 

In addition to general investigations, some Investigators are dedicated to specific areas of the law:
  • District Attorney Investigator
  • Internet Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking, Computer Forensics
  • Juvenile Investigations
  • Welfare Fraud Investigations
If you have any questions or concerns related to the Investigative Division, please click here to email Captain Poteat

Professional Standards Division

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Captain Lemmens
The Professional Standards Division is led by Captain Jody Lemmens who has been with the Sheriff's Office for 20 years. She has prior education and work experience in the field of Social Work and was working with The Family Services Adolescent Day Treatment Program prior to being hired by Brown County Sheriff's Office where she was sponsored through the FVTC-Academy. Captain Lemmens' road to Professional Standards Captain includes working night shift patrol, being a School Resource Officer with the Howard-Suamico School District, a promotion to Training Sergeant and then to Training Lieutenant.

The Professional Standards Division is responsible for:
  • Internal Affairs
  • Pre-Employment background investigations for both sworn and non-sworn applicants
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program-Led by D.A.R.E. Officer Christine Bilgo
  • Crime Prevention
  • Public and media relations including social media accounts
  • Sex Offender Registry
  • Honor Guard
  • Citizen and officer awards
  • Training Section-including both field training and in-service training
  • The Cadet Program (Formally the Explorers Program)- led by Deputy Jessica Smith
If you have any questions or concerns related to the Professional Standards Division, please click here to contact Captain Lemmens

Support Services Division

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Captain Rousseau
Support Services Division is led by Captain John Rousseau

This division's primary responsibility is to provide support to the men and women of the Brown County Sheriff's Office as well as the Circuit Court Judges operating out of The Brown County Courthouse. 

Support Services includes:
  • Civil Process Officers
  • Courthouse Security Lieutenant
  • Courthouse Security Deputies 
  • Courthouse Security Sergeants  
  • Civil Process and Records Staff
The Support Services Captain is assigned by the Sheriff to:
  • Manage all departmental criminal traffic records
  •  Service of all writs, percepts, and orders which have been issued by lawful authorities
  • Oversee the Records Management System and other electronic data systems
  • Serve as the liaison between The Sheriff's Office and agencies such as The State Department of Justice, the county Public Safety Communications Division, the county's Technology Services Department and the county's Land Information Office
The Civil Process and Records Staff:
  • Processes and serves hundreds of civil papers per year
  • They also oversee and conduct several hundred Sheriff Sales on foreclosed properties per year
  • Processes citations, arrests and incidents in both paper and electronic format
  • Reports and transfers data to state and federal government entities. 
Lt. Tim Bernklau
Brown County Courthouse Security is led by Lieutenant Tim Bernklau. Lieutenant Bernklau attended college at Mount Senario, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  He served in the US Navy from 1992 to 1996, where he completed two tours of duty in the Persian Gulf. After leaving the Navy, he began his law enforcement career with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office in 1997 until he joined The Brown County Sheriff's Office in 2001. Lieutenant Bernklau has spent time as a Patrol Deputy, a Narcotics Investigator with the Drug Task Force, and as an Investigative Sergeant before his promotion to his current position as the Court Security Lieutenant with the Support Services Division. Lieutenant Bernklau is also The Dive Team Commander and served on the SWAT team for 10 years.
  • Lieutenant Bernklau’ s duties include:
    • Managing the day-to-day operations of the courthouse
    • Overseeing Court Security Deputies
    • Providing a secure environment for all Circuit Court Judges as well as the men and women who frequent the facility. 
    • Providing security for the Clerk of Courts office, which is located on the lower floor of the courthouse.
    • Courthouse Security also provides transport for inmates from the jail to the courthouse complex for Circuit Court appearances.
If you have any questions or concerns related to the Support Services Division, please click here to email Captain Rousseau

Jail Division

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Captain Michel
The Brown County Jail is led by Captain Heidi Michel. Captain Michel has been with the Sheriff's Office for 27 years. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee -Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. Captain Michel has worked in each division of the jail, including juveniles, females, Huber, and lock up; as well as a field training officer. In 2001, she was promoted to Intake Corporal and in 2010, she was promoted to Lieutenant. In 2018, Captain Michel was promoted to her current position as Jail Administrator. 


The Brown County Jail currently houses 11 pods broken down into:
  • 5 indirect pods - 1 segregation, 2 female pods, 1 max security, and 1 assessment pod
  • 4 direct supervision pods
  • 1 juvenile pod
  • 1 inmate worker pod 
  • A future expansion would include an additional 128 beds allowing for flexibility in the jail to house inmates by various classification levels and genders. 
The jail has approximately 160 sworn and non-sworn employees including:
  • Correctional officers
  • Intake corporals
  • Housing corporals
  • Training corporal
  • Juvenile superintendent
  • Lieutenants (watch commanders, security Lieutenant and work release lieutenant)
  • Accountants
  • Receptionists
  • EMP records specialist
  • Jail Chaplain- volunteers at the jail and supports the staff and inmates. 
The jail also runs the Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP). The program allows inmates with Huber privileges to serve their jail time at home with an electronic bracelet with GPS capabilities, and alcohol consumption recognition. 

Drug Task Force

The Brown County Drug Task Force is a full time investigative unit assigned to investigate narcotics trafficking in the Brown County area. The Drug Task Force is governed by a Board of Directors which meets quarterly and is chaired by Sheriff Todd Delain.

The Task Force is comprised of Narcotics Investigators from:                                                       
  • The Brown County Sheriff's Office
  • Green Bay Police Department
  • De Pere Police Department
  • Ashwaubenon Public Safety
In 2010, Brown County was designated by Congress a HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) which is augmented by a Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent.                            

The purpose of the DTF is to: WNOA Logo                                                                                            
  • Identify, disrupt and dismantle Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs).                                
  • Conduct street level to mid-level drug investigations
  • Interdiction operations 
  • Follow up on citizen tips
The Brown County Drug Task Force was recently named Drug Task Force of the Year 
By the Wisconsin Narcotics Officers Association!

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