Sue started consulting in 1983. In 2007, she founded Decision Makers, LLC to focus on the needs of Universities, Colleges, businesses, K-12, and police. In 2015 Riseling formed The Riseling Group to respond to growing demands. Sue currently serves as an expert witness in litigation, defending universities against unwarranted legal actions. She also heads many of The Riseling Group initiatives.
Sue served as the Executive Director of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) from August of 2016- August of 2019 where she led a doubling of membership from 2,200 to 4,400 in just twenty months. Also she led the transformation of the administration of the Association from a management company to an independent association; hiring 11 staff in under a year and establishing a headquarters in the Washington D. C. area. While Sue was executive director the association held its largest conference in the USA and the largest conference ever held in Canada.
She retired from the University of Wisconsin Madison Police Departmet in August 2016. Prior to her appointment in 1991, she served as the second in command at the State University of New York–Stony Brook Police Department. Chief Riseling began her career at the University of Maryland–College Park as the Manager of Security for Residence Life. She attended the University of Maryland for both her undergraduate and graduate work.
At the University of Wisconsin, Chief Riseling has woven problem solving policing with community oriented policing to form an effective approach in dealing with University safety and crime issues. Chief Riseling is considered an expert in date and acquaintance rape, crowd management, emergency management, and active shooter prevention. Sue has experience with the Clery Act, Title-IX and VAWA.
Chief Riseling served four years as the Vice President-at-Large for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. As Vice President, she had oversight of the Homeland Security, Organized Crime, Terrorism, Juvenile Justice and Police Research committees. She served on the Executive Committee of the IACP and has done so for 19 years. She has served for years on Civil Rights, Patrol and Tactical and Homeland Security committees of the IACP. She is the Past General Chair of the College and University Section.
Chief Riseling is a Past President of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association. She is the first woman and the first University Chief ever to serve as President. She spent six years on the Wisconsin Police Leadership Foundation Board. She is a Past President of the Wisconsin Police Executive Group, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives and the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association.
Sue was named the NAWLEE Motorola Law Enforcement Executive of the Year in 2003. She was awarded the Student Personnel Association Chancellor’s Award in 2013. Her recent book “A View From the Interior: Policing the Protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol” was released in October of 2013. In May 2014, her book won the ‘Midwest Book Award’.