Daniel Ruth, a 26 year veteran of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s department, was demoted recently from the rank of Captain, to the rank of Lieutenant. Ruth was hired by the sheriff’s department in September of 1996. He has served many roles in the department, being promoted to Lieutenant in 2016 and to Captain in 2021 after Captain Bill Beth was demoted two ranks. Ruth has served as Captain of the Jails for less than one year.
When asked about the demotion, a Sheriff’s department spokesman said “The [Kenosha Sheriff’s Department] will not be commenting regarding the status of Lieutenant Ruth’s rank.”
Insiders told KCE that the jails are very seriously under-staffed. We were also told that Ruth has a bad temper and was mistreating employees. These may have contributed to Ruth’s demotion.
On May 9, 2022, Lieutenant Horace Staples, a 27 year veteran of the department was promoted to the rank of Captain following Ruth’s demotion. Staples jointed the department in 1995 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2017. Horace too has held many roles in the department including the director of the County’s emergency management department. Horace’s Linkedin bio reads: “I would describe myself as a leader with integrity, compassion for victims, and fearless in the pursuit of evil. My objectives are to lead by example, and be the best husband and father.”