The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced today that Lieutenant Eric Klinkhammer has been promoted to the rank of Captain. This promotion was initiated by Sheriff Beth with the input from Sheriff-Elect Zoerner. The opening was created by the promotion of Captain Miller to the rank of Chief Deputy.
Klinkhammer has been with the department since 1993. He is a Racine native and worked as a corrections officer at Racine Correctional Institute before becoming a Deputy. During his almost 30-year career, Klinkhammer has been a school resource officer, K9 handler, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. He has served as Lieutenant since 2017. Tomorrow, December 18, 2022 will be his first day as Captain. He has been issued his captain badge and proudly donned it at the 30th Anniversary of Shop With A Cop Today.
Klinkhammer has been married to his wife Tammy for the past 30 years. They have four adult children, one girl and three boys. They also have a 2-year-old grand-daughter.
“Captain Klinkhammer has done an exceptional job in every assignment he has ever been tasked with. He will be a well-received addition to my future administration,” said Sheriff-Elect David Zoerner. “Captain Klinkhammer is well-respected by all members of the Sheriff’s Department.”
Klinkhammer is assigned to oversee the operations division of the department. This includes, among other sections, patrol and investigations. He is no stranger to the detective bureau and will likely have little to no learning curve.
Captain Klinkhammer had the following to say of his promotion:
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Kenosha County and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Department, and thankful for the trust of my colleagues, Sheriff Beth and Sheriff-Elect Zoerner. I look forward to the work and challenges that lay ahead.”