Former Chief Deputy To Run For Winnebago County Sheriff


A retired Winnebago County Chief Deputy wants to return to the department, but as the Sheriff.

Kurt Ditzler announced his candidacy Tuesday afternoon.  Ditzler is a life-long Durand resident.  His grandfather, father, and sister all served in law enforcement.  He says he has experience bringing down the crime rate while working under a strict budget.  It’s something he says Sheriff Gary Caruana struggles with.

“I think he’s way behind the 8 ball if he hasn’t at least gone through a few exercises to know how those kinds of cuts are going to affect him,” said Ditzler.  “He’s trying to get the County Board to authorize more money for his budget, but at least publicly, according to the Rockford paper, he hasn’t given a plan for how he’s going to do that.”

Ditzler added he’s confident he could lower the crime rate.

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