MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers appointed a Black criminal justice instructor Friday to serve as Dane County's next sheriff.

Kalvin Barrett will replace Sheriff Dave Mahoney, who is set to resign on May 8 after a 41-year career in law enforcement to take a job as a security manager at American Family Insurance. Barrett will serve out the rest of Mahoney's term, which ends in January 2023.

Barrett will become the county's first Black sheriff. Evers selected him for the job after consulting with a panel of community and law enforcement leaders.

Barrett served as a Dane County deputy from 2009 to 2011 and as a Sun Prairie Police officer from 2011 to 2016. He currently teachers law enforcement and criminal justice at Madison College and serves as faculty director of the school's criminal justice program. He earned a master's degree in criminal justice from American Public University last year.

Barrett also serves on Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' task force on racial disparities. The task force's co-chairman, Republican Majority Leader Jim Steineke, called Barrett an "indispensable member" of the panel.

"I am hopeful he will bring the same level-headed expertise and commitment to Dane County communities that he has brought to our Task Force (sic) discussions," Steineke said in a statement.

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