Sheriff's Office

Message from Sheriff Kurt Picknell


Although the position and authority of the Sheriff extends from ancient origins, the office of Sheriff is created by the Wisconsin Constitution. The specific duties of the Sheriff are also set forth by State Statute and Administrative Code.

The citizens of Walworth County are proud of the complex professional law enforcement and public safety services provided on a daily basis. The dedication, training and cooperation are common place. These duties occur 24 hours per day 7 days a week requiring the dedication found within this website.

The natural resources available in Walworth County make it an attractive area to live. Many tourists or seasonal guests ultimately become full-time residents of the county. This development increases the demand for many services including law enforcement. We embrace the challenge to maintain the quality of life that we enjoy. As Sheriff, my duties of providing professional law enforcement and public safety services directly impacts this desired area to live or visit.

I am exceedingly proud that the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) awarded full accreditation status to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office on December 11, 2017. We are the third Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin to obtain this prestigious law enforcement status.

Continual self-improvement and organizational improvement will be my theme. The Sheriff’s Office celebrates 183 years of service and I am honored to be your 43rd Sheriff.

Kurt Picknell
Walworth County Sheriff

Sheriff Picknell and Undersheriff Gerber

Sheriff Kurt Picknell and Undersheriff Dave Gerber

Mission Statement

As members of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, we pledge to preserve and enhance the quality of life within the community through efficient, effective and professional law enforcement services.