Detentions Division Commander-Captain Horace Staples

Horace Staples

Captain Horace J. Staples joined the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department as a deputy in 1995. In 2001, Staples was promoted to sergeant and held several assignments as 2nd Shift Patrol Supervisor, Public Information Officer, Communications and Support Services, Training Sergeant, and Unit Commander of the Kenosha Drug Operations Group, a multi-agency drug unit. Staples served twenty years on the Kenosha Sheriff's Tactical Response Team (i.e., SWAT Team) as Hostage Negotiator and Assistant Commander and retired in 2018 with the rank of Executive Officer.

A native of central Illinois, Captain Staples, the oldest of six brothers and sisters, graduated from Lovington High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lakeland College (Sheboygan, WI) and a Master of Science Degree (2019) from Northcentral University (San Diego, CA). He is a member of the National Honors Society and an Associate Member of the International Association of Police Chiefs.

Beginning In 2017, Staples served as the Kenosha County Division of Emergency Management Director. As the Director, Captain Staples coordinated emergency plans with local municipalities and relevant agencies, mitigating disaster and long-term community recovery efforts. 

Captain Staples has served the Kenosha community in numerous endeavors, such as the first PTA President at the Edward Bain School of Language and Art, then Kenosha Unified PTA Council President, former Board Member at Saint Joseph Catholic Academy, County Credit Union Board President, the President of the Spanish Center of Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties, Past President the Parish Pastoral Council at St. Mark Catholic Church, and a 26-year volunteer, for the Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin. 

Captain Horace Staples was promoted to the rank of Captain in May 2022 and was assigned to the Detentions Division, where he is currently serving. 

Captain Staples is the supervisor of the following Detentions Staff: Lieutenants Steven Beranis (Kenosha County Detentions Center), Neil Paulsen (Pre-Trial Facility) and Rory Zuerlein (conveyance).