La Crosse County chief deputy announces he is running for sheriff

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- La Crosse County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf announced his candidacy for La Crosse County Sheriff Tuesday morning.

Wolf made the announcement at the La Crosse County courthouse with family and friends.

Wolf has served with the sheriff's department for the past 30 years and has been chief deputy since 2007.

He says if elected, he would address the opioid epidemic as well as mental health and jail overcrowding.

"A big opioid epidemic. I think the community needs to understand that we need to come up with resources for treatment. The jail is the largest mental health facility in the county, we need to address some of those mental health issues and the drug issues as well as possible more overcrowding issues," said Wolf.

Current La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson is expected to make an announcement about his future in the coming months.

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