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Officers for the Wisconsin State Patrol Alumni Association, Inc. (WSPAA):

President Mary Sander President Mary Sander

Mary’s career with the State Patrol started the day she was born. Her Dad, Tim Heffernan, was in the 6th Recruit Class, and was a Trooper for 36 years. Mary remembers, as a young kid, trying on her Dad’s Stetson and radioing in his 10-42 a few times. Mary worked as a short order cook and managed a convenience store into her late 20’s then decided she wanted a career. She was hired for the 40th Recruit Class and graduated in November 1990.

Mary spent the first part of her career as a Trooper in St. Croix County on I-94 and a county assignment in Pierce County. Mary served approximately the last 7 years of her career as an Inspector at the Hudson Safety and Weight Facility. Mary served as a court officer, field training officer, and salvage inspector. She was also MCSAP and Hazmat trained. Mary retired in June 2013.

Mary has been married since 1994 to her wonderful husband James. James is a Deputy for St. Croix County and plans on retiring in April 2019. Mary’s brother John is a Sgt. at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy.

Vice-President Phil Wenzel Vice-President Phil Wenzel

Phil graduated from the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy with the 17th & 18th class out of Whitewater in 1968, assigned to District 1 Sauk County “A” Troop.  In February of 1976 he transferred to District 4 Marinette County, then transferred back to Sauk County in 1977 and remained there until 1982 and transferred back to District 4 Adams County and remained there until he retired in 2002 with 34 ½ years of service.

Phil saw action during the Viet Nam riots, the Abby take-over in Gresham, the treaty disputes near Hayward, the prison riots in Green Bay, Fox Lake and Waupun. Spear fishing in northern Wisconsin for 4 years each spring, security at UW football games. He trained county and municipal officers in crowd control at WSPA. Phil was part of the team that set up the drug interdiction for the State of Wisconsin and then taught in-service training for interdiction, gang awareness and occult religion.  He also taught at Western Wisconsin Tech in La Crosse, Madison Area Tech and Mid-State Tech in Wisconsin Rapids.

Phil spent 10 years on the Delton Fire & Rescue, became an EMT in 1980 and flew with the Air 10 program during Holiday weekend in summer.

Phil has been married to his wife Linda for 47 years, has 2 married daughters and 4 grandchildren. He is currently the Director of Safety, Security & Risk management for Chula Vista Resort.  Phil has served as a rep for the WSPAA southwest region for the last 4 years.

Secretary Kim Hurley Secretary Kim Hurley

Kim was a member of the 39th recruit class (1990). Upon graduating from the Academy she was an Inspector in Dane County. After approximately 3 1/2 years Kim transferred over to a Trooper position in Dane County. Kim served her entire career in Dane County where she was a CPR instructor, background investigator, field training officer, assistant training officer and a fleet safety officer. Kim retired in March 2018. Kim was actively involved with Special Olympics Wisconsin during her State Patrol career.

Secretary Kim Hurley Treasurer Linda Woldt

Linda began her time with the Wisconsin State Patrol, District 1 in April of 1980. She worked in the office for approximately ten years and then entered the WSP Academy, Fort McCoy in July of 1990.

Linda was a member of the 40th Recruit Class and graduated in November of 1990. She worked as an Inspector initially in Dane County and then transferred to a Trooper position also in Dane County. She retired from the State Patrol in April, 2001.

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