DeCecco not running for re-election as DA

JOE DeCECCO JOE DeCECCO Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco, a state prosecutor for 27 years, the last 14 as the county’s district attorney, has announced he will not seek reelection this November and will retire.

“Of all the decisions I have made in my career, the decision to retire has been the most difficult. It has been my privilege and pleasure to work with my fellow prosecutors here and throughout the state, along with county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, county staff and Sheboygan County citizens to make our communities safe places to live, work and raise families, and to bring to justice those who would make it otherwise,” DeCecco said.

DeCecco, an outspoken advocate of creating additional prosecutor positions to address a state-wide critical prosecutor shortage, said his only regret was his inability to do so. “Since my election as Sheboygan County district attorney in 2002, the prosecutor shortage has been constantly on my mind and the focus of my efforts to obtain additional prosecutors not only for Sheboygan County but throughout the state. I am very sorry to have failed to do so.”

DeCecco, a Democrat, won election as district attorney in 2002, defeating incumbent Republican Robert Wells, who suspended his campaign for re-election less than two months before the election.

DeCecco was re-elected for five more terms, unopposed each time.

A native of Rhode Island who moved to Wisconsin in 1985, De- Cecco said he will remain in Wisconsin. DeCecco said he hopes to expand his current teaching duties at Lakeland College.

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