Deputy Marcus Stanford Is Dane
County’s Minority Recruiter
Of Service to the Community
Bernice Herrera (l-r) and Marcus Stanford are some of the
more recent arrivals in the Dane
County Sheriff’s Office
Stanford was born and raised in Madison and graduated from East High where he was a free safety on East’s varsity football team. And then he
went on to play on Marietta College’s Division III team for a year before heading back to Madison because Marietta College and the surrounding
area were even less diverse than Madison.

Stanford wanted to serve the community and eventually graduated from Edgewood College with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and a
master’s in special education. He taught for 1-2 years before he decided that he wanted to serve on more of a macro level. He chose to
become a deputy sheriff and joined the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

Stanford has a great attitude for the job. He is somewhat reserved and measured, but is quick to smile. And he feels that he can have an
impact inside and outside of the department.

“I am very caring,” Stanford said. “I am very respectful. I really like to see people happy. But I’m also really good at getting people to
understand what I think and how I feel without disrespecting them. Keeping it respectful, listening to people, all of those things culminate into
making a good officer because you have to be patient. You have to be thoughtful. You have to be caring. Those things have allowed me to be
successful in my position.”

Due to the gulf that exists between law enforcement and the African American community, Stanford realizes that recruiting has its challenges.

“If you look at law enforcement over the past 100 years, you can see the transformations that law enforcement has gone through,” Stanford
said. “You’ve seen the ugly side of law enforcement. As far as people being oppressed in the civil rights movement, it’s very important that
our law enforcement agencies all across the United States are reflective of the communities because the police are the community and the
community is the police. Understanding that, we as law enforcement have to be proactive, not reactive. That means we have to be active in
the communities and support our communities rather than being reactive when something goes astray and awry. It has to be a strong
emphasis on building those relationships with the communities, especially the communities that suffer the most, which are the low-income
areas that need the most support.”

And Stanford emphasized that the change must happen from within and begins with respect for all people in the community.

“Even inmates are part of the community,” Stanford emphasized. “They are just in a different location. And they will be coming back into the
community. And the inmates don’t forget. They don’t forget who you are and how you treated them. And I run into former inmates all the time.
They always come up to me and say, ‘Deputy Stanford, you treated me well.’ That goes a long way. That makes my job a lot easier and better.”

Stanford is looking to increase the number of people of color applying for deputy positions and successfully making it through the process. He
is currently recruiting for the current application cycle that ends in September.

“People can apply at,” Stanford said. “It’s listed as Deputy Sheriff I/II.”

He’s willing to help coach people through the process which includes the online application, a background check, and oral interview and a

“I highly encourage people to get in contact with me.,” Stanford said. “If you have any questions in regard to the application process, give me a
call. When it comes to the interview phase of the hiring process, I tell people to get in contact with me if they want to go over questions. They
will not be the same questions as on the oral board interview, but I can prep people for the interview and get them prepared for similar
questions that may be asked. I am always willing to help people.”

For more information, contact Deputy Marcus Stanford at (608) 284-6174 or email him at
By Jonathan Gramling

Marcus Stanford, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office’s minority recruiter, feels
pretty fortunate. He avoided a lot of the pitfalls that other young African
American men fall into.

“Honestly, I feel like my path was a little bit different than many young Black
men growing up in Madison because I had a mother and father at home,”
Stanford said. “That can make a world of difference. But also, I surrounded
myself with people who are likeminded, who wanted to be successful, who
were involved in the community, who were involved in athletics. I think
athletics was a big deterrent as far as getting into things that I shouldn’t be
getting into. Having strong family dynamics is very important as well. By
having strong family dynamics, it gave me better opportunities to succeed.
And the resources were available for me too. I also had a strong extended