Get to know Earnell.
Earnell Lucas was sworn in as Milwaukee County Sheriff on January 7th, 2019. Prior to being elected Sheriff, Earnell served as Major League Baseball’s Chief Liaison of Security & Investigations for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. He is responsible for developing security best practices for the 160 clubs in Minor League Baseball, making security presentations to the players at the major and minor league levels and conducting investigations to safeguard the integrity of Major League Baseball. He previously served as the Vice-President of Security and Facility Management, charged with overseeing the security operations for all of Major League Baseball, and as the Supervisor of Security for Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.
Earnell is a 25-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, retiring at the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University, and management certificates from the Police Executive Research Forum (51st Session), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy (191st Session) and Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety (82nd Session), where he was awarded the coveted Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award.
Earnell is a product of Milwaukee Public Schools, graduating from Rufus King High School. He was raised by a grandmother who moved to Milwaukee upon the death of his mother to raise three young boys. His father was the longtime business manager at Laborers’ International Union 113.
Earnell’s interest in law enforcement was shaped by an encounter he had as a young boy with a police officer who accused him of stealing a woman’s purse. Earnell told the officer he had not stolen a purse but instead was on the way to the store for his grandmother. Knowing that Earnell was not involved in a theft, the officer drove off and Earnell continued on his way. It was there that Earnell saw the awesome power and authority a law enforcement officer has and aspired to use that authority in a manner that served the community well. When Earnell joined the police department, one of the first officers he met was the officer he had encountered. To this day, that officer and his brother, also a police officer, and Earnell remain friends. As a young police officer, Earnell was seriously wounded by an assailant’s gunshot to the right side of the face, nearly making the ultimate sacrifice. After months of rehabilitation, Earnell gathered the courage to return to duty because of his passion and commitment to serving and protecting our community."
Earnell is married to his wife of 24 years and has two adult children and one grandchild. He is an active member of St. Matthew CME Church, which he has attended for over 50 years. He has served on the boards of the Grand Avenue Club and Sojourner Family Peace Center.
Earnell is a candidate for Milwaukee County Sheriff to restore honor, integrity and professionalism to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office