Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jason Veeser has been named chief deputy, succeeding David Cornelius who plans to retire in January.

The County Board’s Executive Committee approved Veeser’s promotion Monday (Nov. 9) and authorized Sheriff Matt Joski to fill the lieutenant of operations permission and any other open positions created when the new lieutenant is hired.

“This is going to cascade rather quickly, and we’d like to be able to then act upon whatever vacancy results, really up until we get to the point of that entry-level jailer/dispatcher,” Joski said. “That’s how this is going to kind of roll out as we fill these roles.”

The likely candidates for the lieutenant’s job, and any subsequent openings, are “all essential positions that we would not consider not filling,” the sheriff said.

The goal is to have everyone selected for their new position so they can step into their new roles upon Cornelius’ retirement Jan. 22, Joski said.

Supervisor Chuck Wagner congratulated Veeser, who Joski said has been with the department for 25 years.

“He’s done a great job for the county; I’ve known him since he first got here,” Wagner said.