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For the past six years, Douglas County employees have participated in a county-wide food drive each holiday season.

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Employees bring in canned goods and other non-perishable food items with the goal of helping local families in need while earning bragging rights for their respective departments. The department that collects the most items is recognized by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and selects a local charity where the food will be donated.

The winners of the 2016 Douglas County Food Drive Challenge are: 


First Place: 911 Communications  

Second: General Assistance  

Third: Assessor/Register of Deeds 


Together, Douglas County employees donated more than 12,500 food items to Project Wee Care, Together Inc. and the Sienna Francis House. 

"I am amazed at the caring and dynamite employees that were willing to donate so much food to assist our community and the families in need," said Mary Ann Borgeson, Chair of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. "This is truly a giving time of year and Douglas County employees have demonstrated that generosity."

 


 

Douglas County would like to welcome its new Emergency Communications Director, David Sleeter, who started December 5, 2016. The Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, native previously worked as the director of 911 communications for Rock County, Wisconsin, from 1995 until his retirement in 2013.

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With nearly 30 years of public safety experience including law enforcement and jail administration, Sleeter is a veteran when it comes to understanding emergency communications.

He’s eager to bring his experience to Douglas County and help facilitate the technology upgrades at the 911 Center made possible by Douglas County voters and the passing of the $45 million public safety bond issue.

“If you look at what's being developed and tackled here, it’s impressive,” Sleeter said. “Staying up-to-date with technology is a challenge that 911 centers across the country are dealing with. I’m looking forward to working with all of the public safety agencies in and around Douglas County.”

We took some time to get to know David (you can also call him Dave) a little more. Here are five things you should know about him:

  1. Don’t expect him to cheer on the Huskers just yet — at least not while they are playing Wisconsin. Sleeter is a die-hard Badgers fan who loves the Green Bay Packers even more. “There’s not many people from Wisconsin who aren’t Green Bay Packers fans,” he said. “It’s not a sport. It’s an institution.”

  2. Sleeter enjoys the outdoors. In fact, when he retired from being the 911 communications director in Rock County, Wisconsin, in 2013, he moved to Arkansas to live on a farm. It’s an acreage where he has two horses and can hunt and fish — three of his passions. “I’m an outdoor enthusiast,” he said. “I love to ride horses. I hope to get my horses up to Omaha.” 

  3. Sleeter also enjoys traveling. He most recently went to Belize and was in awe of its natural beauty. He hopes to travel to Abu Dhabi to see his wife, Jane, who is in the Air National Guard and is stationed in the United Arab Emirates.

  4. Every summer as a kid, Sleeter worked around the clock on his uncle’s dairy farm in Wisconsin. After college, he even had a brief stint as a farmer, but decided to go into law enforcement.

  5. Sleeter is a family man. He has two grown sons and several grandchildren in Connecticut and Texas. He loves traveling to spend time with them.

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