DIVISION CAPTAIN, JAIL
Brenda LaForte, a Menomonie native, was hired by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office in 1985 as a Dispatcher/Correction Officer for the Dunn County Jail. She attended Chippewa Valley Technical College in 1987 for her State Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer. She worked full time as a Dispatcher/Correction Officer and part time as a Reserve Deputy for Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.
In 1996 Brenda was promoted to Jail Sergeant. In this position, she was responsible for supervising Corrections Officers, scheduling, court transports among other duties.
Brenda completed her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from CVTC in 2004. Over the years, she has been trained as a DNA specialist, Training Coordinator, as well as, earning other certificates throughout her career such as Taser, O.C. Spray, Crisis Intervention, and the Cooper Law Enforcement Fitness.
In April 2014 she was promoted to Jail Captain. In this position she oversees 4 Correction Sergeants and 22 Correction Officers. She is responsible for the day to day operation of the Dunn County Jail which has a bed capacity of 156.
Brenda is married with two grown children and very active in her church. She enjoys camping, country music and spending time with family and friends.
Marshall graduated from Owen-Withee high school in 1985. He then served in the United States Air Force Security Forces from 1985 through 1989 achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. After honorably discharging from the Air Force he received his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Chippewa Valley Technical College. In 1991 he was hired by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a Patrol Deputy until he was hired a by The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office in 1997.
Marshall has worked as a Communications and Corrections Deputy, Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sergeant and most recently as Sergeant of Investigations until he was promoted to Chief Deputy in 2016 where he continues to serve as the department's number two law enforcement officer.
Marshall married to his wife Karina in 1992 and has two adult children.
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DIVISION CAPTAIN, FIELD SERVICES
Kevin Bygd grew up in Prairie Farm, WI in Barron County, where he graduated from Prairie Farm High School in 1988. He is the youngest son of Pat and Orland Bygd. Kevin spent his summers throughout high school working on a large dairy farm for his uncles Dennis and Don Olson in northern Dunn County. It was there that he learned the appreciation for the hard work and long hours it takes to run a successful operation.
After graduating high school, Kevin attended District One Technical College’s Police Science program in Eau Claire before he was hired by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office as a Jail Officer/Dispatcher in 1989 at the age of 19. He worked as a full-time Jail Officer/Dispatcher, part-time Reserve Deputy for the Sheriff’s Office and as a part-time patrol officer for the Village of Boyceville while attending school to achieve his state certification as a law enforcement officer. In 1994 he was hired as a full-time patrol deputy for the Sheriff’s Office.
After working as a full-time patrol deputy for over seven years, Kevin took the position as the Civil Process Deputy in 2001, handling the evictions, vehicle repossessions and Sheriff Sales along with general service of civil and criminal process. In 2005 Kevin was promoted to patrol sergeant, responsible for supervising patrol deputies along with other administration and supervisory tasks.
In February 2013 Kevin was promoted to Captain of the Field Services Division. In the position of Captain, Kevin oversees all of the sworn law enforcement officers for the Sheriff’s Office, about 50 in total between sergeants, full-time and reserve deputies.
Kevin has been a firearms/use of force instructor for the department since about 1997. He is a certified Advanced Armorer of Glock pistols, a certified AR-15 armorer, a Master Instructor for TASER International along achieving other certifications and accomplishments over his years of service to Dunn County.
Outside of work, Kevin enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and spending time on the water with his wife Sadie and their three daughters. He was also recently recognized for ten years of service to the community as a member of the Menomonie Lions club.
Dennis P. Smith
Dennis is a 1973 graduate of the Menomonie High School. He worked for a few years at a local grocery store while attendnig classes at U.W. Stout. In November 1975 he became a reserve deputy sheriff and attended recruit school at District One Technical College. He was state certified in January 1977. In December 1979 he became a full time jailer / dispatcher and continued to fill-in on patrol as a deputy sheriff. In December 1980 he became a full time deputy sheriff. He was elected Sheriff in 2000 and took office in 2001.
During his 34 years at the sheriff’s office, he worked as a reserve deputy sheriff, a full time jailer / dispatcher, a full time deputy sheriff and as Dunn County’s Sheriff. For approximately 18 years, Dennis was in charge of the Dunn County Sheriff’s Reserves. During his time at the sheriff’s office he has gained experience and a working knowledge of all aspects of the sheriff’s office.
While working at the sheriff’s office, he attended recruit school and many other specialized schools. He recently graduated from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety; School of Police Staff and Command.