Sheriff Lucas Leaving for Job With Fiserv
Will become Vice President of Security for Wisconsin for company headquartered in Brookfield.
The sheriff announced Friday that he will be starting a new job Monday as the Vice President of Security for Wisconsin with Fiserv, a financial technology company headquartered in Brookfield.
The second-in-command at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Denita Ball, will temporarily replace Lucas and is also running unopposed to win a full term as the next sheriff in the November election. She will become Acting Sheriff at midnight on Oct. 23, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said. Then a little over two weeks later she will officially become sheriff.
Lucas served one term as sheriff, having run for election in 2018 against then acting-Sheriff Richard Schmidt following the resignation of David Clarke. Lucas was only the second elected sheriff to serve during the past two decades as Clarke was first elected in 2002 and held office until 2017.
“It has been the high honor of my professional career to serve as Milwaukee County Sheriff,” Lucas said. “I thank the many friends and supporters of the Sheriff’s Office who placed their confidence and trust in me to deliver a high level of service to the people of Milwaukee County. I also thank the men and women of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office who worked daily to restore honor, integrity, and trust to the agency. Together, we helped make Milwaukee County strong and safe.”
He began his law enforcement career with the Milwaukee Police Department; serving for 25 years, surviving a gunshot wound and retiring as a captain. In 2002, he went to work in the private sector as supervisor of security for Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner Bud Selig, eventually becoming MLB vice president of security and facility management and later the chief liaison of security and investigations.
In the statement announcing his new job, Lucas’ listed accomplishments included appointing the first chief legal and compliance officer in MCSO history, “who was charged with ensuring that MCSO adheres to the highest ethical and moral standards of its profession, employs industry best practices, and holds itself accountable.”
Lucas leaves behind a sheriff’s office beset by several challenges. Chief among them are the conditions at the Milwaukee County Jail, which has struggled with overcrowding and severe understaffing, as well as several in-custody deaths in recent years.