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Hi, I'm Christy Knowles



After going to college, I started off my young professional career in the medical field. Still unsure of my life goals, in 1999 I applied to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office and was hired as a Deputy-Jailer. As I began my law enforcement career, I realized that I found my “forever” job. I was promoted to Deputy-Patrol in 2001. I spent the next six (6) years in the patrol division. While here, I also was assigned as a field training officer. In 2007 I was promoted to Detective. I was a general investigator; however, I specialized in sensitive crimes. This is where my passion for helping victims shined. I spent the next five (5) years as a detective. I was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant in 2012. This position prepared me for the

future as it taught me how to respond to personnel issues. In 2015 I was promoted to Operations Captain where I helped develop several programs that partner with the community. In 2019 I was appointed to the Undersheriff. Here is where I gained much knowledge about the key functions of the Sheriff’s Office. I am a key advisor to the Sheriff on issues pertaining to managing personnel, facilities, equipment, budgets and the jail.


My educational experience was well rounded. I attended Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and MATC. I was beginning to think I would be a lifelong scholar before I was hired by the

Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office. I have three children, James, Madilyn and Vincent. They are my number one priority and I enjoy taking them on this journey with me where I can teach them about service to others and always doing things for the right reasons. I want to make them proud. My volunteer service has focused on my children. For six years I was a Girl Scout leader for my daughter’s troop, for two years I was the Boy Scout Advancement Coordinator for my son’s pack, and for six years I coached girls youth basketball. I always found a way to give back to the community while still being present for my children.

I absolutely love what I do, being a mom and working for the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office. I take pride in serving the people of Ozaukee County and I feel my experience with the Sheriff’s Office has

prepared me for the position of Sheriff.

experienced leadership

Community. Character. Commitment.

Ozaukee County is my home and where I choose to raise my three (3) children. I love my community and the support the citizens give to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office. My goal is to continue to keep Ozaukee County as one of the safest places to live and to continue to grow the community relationships with the Sheriff’s Office and surrounding partners. My decision to run for Sheriff was solidified when Sheriff Johnson suggested I would be a great successor to him.


I have built a great relationship with the men and women behind the badge. I have also built a great relationship with the community, including its youth. I am known as a compassionate, hard worker. I have worked the streets enforcing the law, as well as in administration assuring an orderly and transparent administration. My experiences and relationships with the community and local law enforcement agencies make me the best candidate for Ozaukee County Sheriff.

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