The WPPA Endorses Halkoski for State Assembly
WAUSAU—The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced today its endorsement of Dennis Halkoski in his race to represent the 86th State Assembly District in the Legislature. The decision was made by its board of directors, which consists of elected rank-and-file officers from all across the state. The board evaluated each of the candidates and their responses to questionnaires on public safety issues and others of importance to the law enforcement community.
"As a 25-year police veteran who has dedicated most of his life to keeping the public safe and enforcing the law, Dennis Halkoski is intimately aware of the value of public safety and what is needed to maintain it," said WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer. "We are pleased that he is pursuing this avenue to continue his public service as a lawmaker, and we are proud to offer our enthusiastic support. His dedication and commitment to helping others, along with his measured demeanor and knowledge of the issues, is sure to make him a leader to whom other legislators will look on a variety of issues."
With more than 10,000 members, the WPPA is Wisconsin's largest law enforcement group.
Halkoski gratefully accepted the endorsement.
"I am honored to have earned the support of the largest group dedicated to promoting public safety and the men and women who provide it. This endorsement is especially important to me because of the deep respect I have for law enforcement, local communities and public service and I appreciate the WPPA's thoughtful and deliberate assessment of my candidacy."
Dennis Halkoski is a lifelong resident of Central Wisconsin with deep roots and involvement in the area. Born in Brokaw, Wisconsin, Dennis now lives in Weston with his wife and youngest child of three. Halkoski was in law enforcement for 32 years, the last 25 years with the Weston and Everest Metro Police Departments. Starting as a Patrol Officer, he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and retired as a Detective Sergeant in December of last year.
Halkoski is running for the open seat in the 86th Assembly District, out of a desire to continue to serve the people of Weston, Marshfield, Kronenwetter, Rib Mountain, Maine, Texas, Mosinee, Marathon City and the southernmost townships in Marathon County, as well as the villages of Hewitt and Auburndale in Wood County. In this new capacity he will focus on bringing the values and priorities of his friends and neighbors to work together to get things done in Madison.