Wayne Strong is a retired 27- year law enforcement officer. Strong began his career in 1986 with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While a member of the department, Wayne served as a Classification Officer and was a member of the Special Evacuation Team (SET). He also volunteered in the community as a mentor with a local youth organization.
In 1989, Strong was hired by the Madison Police Department. As a police officer, he worked as an undercover officer with the Dane County Narcotics Enforcement Team. He also served as a Neighborhood Officer and was among the first of the Educational Resource Officers hired in partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District. Strong served with Madison Police Department for 24 years, retiring in 2013 at the rank of Lieutenant.
During his thirteen years as a Lieutenant, Strong served as a District Patrol and Detective Lieutenant as well as the Officer in Charge. In his role as Patrol Lieutenant, he supervised the patrol sergeants and officers as well as civilian staff. As a Detective Lieutenant, Strong supervised detectives, and managed command posts during serious investigations such as homicides and other major cases.
When serving as the Officer in Charge, Strong was the supervisor of all Madison Police Department personnel on duty at the time. He was responsible for decision making, providing and allocating resources, answering questions from officers and the general public, and sending out press releases.
As a member of MPD, Wayne earned the Medal of Valor and Life Saving Awards. Since 1995, Wayne has been active in the community, volunteering with the Southside Raiders Youth Football and Cheerleading Program and serving on numerous committees involving criminal justice and educational issues.
Wayne has been married to his wife Terri for 34 years. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, Wayne enjoys reading, cycling, and spending time with his grandkids.