State GOP race headlines ballot but election also signals change in Ozaukee

Unopposed in primary, Knowles set to become next sheriff, Connie Mueller next clerk of courts
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

When Ozaukee County voters head to the polls Tuesday, perhaps the biggest question before them will be in the primary for Wisconsin governor.

But there are two local elections, both uncontested, that  will mark big changes in the county.

Undersheriff Christy Knowles is the lone candidate on the ballot for Ozaukee County sheriff and Deputy Clerk of Courts Connie Mueller is the only candidate seeking the clerk of courts post.

They would succeed Sheriff Jim Johnson and Clerk of Courts Mary Lou Mueller, both of whom are retiring.

Tuesday’s primary will for all intents be the general election, since neither Knowles or Mueller, who are Republicans, face opposition in the November general election.

Knowles, a 22-year-veteran of the sheriff’s office, would become the county’s first female sheriff.

It’s not an unusual spot for her, Knowles said when announcing her campaign.

“Every position I’ve had, you know you’re the first female,” Knowles said. “But I work with a bunch of great men. Never once did I feel out of place.”

Knowles has served as a jailer, patrol officer, detective, lieutenant in charge of patrol and captain of operations before being named undersheriff in 2019.

She has been endorsed by Johnson, a 31-year veteran of the department who said Knowles “has a passion for the community and the law enforcement profession. She understands the community. Her experience and leadership speak for themselves. She truly cares about our citizens and doing the right things for the right reaons.”

She is active not only in a variety of law enforcement organizations but is also involved in Ozaukee County 4-H, has been a Girl Scout leader, youth basketall coach and Boy Scout advancement coordinator.

Johnson has been sheriff since 2015.

Connie Mueller, who has been with the clerk of courts office since 1994 and its chief deputy clerk since 2011, would succeed Mary Lou Mueller, who has been clerk of courts for almost 24 years.

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