My Name is Don Henning and I am seeking election to the office of Eau Claire County Sheriff. I am a lifelong Eau Claire County resident, and my wife Janelle and I currently live in the Town of Washington. We have two adult sons named Dalton and Benjamin.
In 1988, my senior year at Memorial High School, I was hired as a volunteer firefighter with Township Fire Dept Inc, Township of Washington Station.
After graduation from high school I enrolled in the CVTC Police Science Program where I completed my Associates Degree.
I started my Law Enforcement career with Eau Claire Police Department as a part-time Reserve Police Officer in August 1990 while I worked for Cray Research Inc as a Security Officer and Shipping & Receiving Truck Driver.
In July of 1995 I started my full-time law enforcement career when I was hired by the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer. In April of 1998 I was promoted to Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Patrol Division, and left Eau Claire Police Department Reserves. I worked night shift patrol shifts and assisted in training some of the new Deputy Sheriff’s, as well as serving as a member of the SWAT Team for 15 years.
In October 2010 I was promoted to Detective and received extensive training for investigations that involve crimes against children, death, and fire cause and origin. As a Detective I was part of the team that started the Eau Claire County Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Program, and continue to be an active member of DEC today.
I recently retired from Township Fire Dept after 30 years of volunteer service to the community as a Firefighter and Fire Investigator. Through the fire department I was also a medical first responder with EmergiCare for about 20 years.
During my tenure in public service I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for the WI Chapter of the International Association of Fire Investigators starting in 2001 and in 2008 was elected President. I have been a firearms instructor at the Sheriff’s Office since 2011, the Child Abduction Response Team leader in EC County since 2016, and I participated in the Eau Claire Poverty Summit starting October 2016.
As a lifelong county resident I am very familiar with the growth and expansion that we have experienced in Eau Claire County. That growth requires the law enforcement community to evolve and change so we can protect and assist our citizens and those who visit our county. I feel that my personal and professional experiences over the past three decades have prepared me to continue serving Eau Claire County as the Sheriff.