Chief Russell Ehlers was born and raised in the Midwestern United States, growing up in the Upper Peninsula Michigan. He later moved to Arizona to attend Pima Community College where he pursued studies in Criminal Justice. When he completed schooling, Russell Ehlers returned to the Midwest where he began his career in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff on a large agency. After serving 14 years in that capacity, he moved his interest to a smaller police agency, quickly moving up the supervisory ladder. He became the Chief of his agency in 2004 and served as Police Chief until his retirement.
Chief Russ’ passion is assisting men and women navigate the complicated and competitive law enforcement process. His extensive experience and research of the entire hiring process has lead him to produce the now, very popular, Earn Your Badge web site. This client service is a resource for everyone interested in obtaining a career in law enforcement and focuses on producing “bullet proof” police candidates that truly stand out from the crowd when they interview for a position at any law enforcement agency.
The success of this valuable service has become rapidly evident in the tremendous feedback that Chief Russ has received from clients that are now passing their police entrance exams and oral board interviews with flying colors. “They’re starting to get hired by police and sheriff agencies now, and I couldn’t be more proud of these fine men and woman” Chief Russ said. “They often give me credit for their success. They put the tools to use that I provide in EYB and I give them all the credit for preparing properly. It’s all them!”
Mr. Ehlers has traveled to several continents, numerous countries and interviewed countless police officials regarding their hiring practices. He has extensive experience managing the oral board process for his own and other police agencies. EYB is designed to serve most every English speaking nation including the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia to name a few.
On one of the Chief’s trips overseas, he met the woman that would later become his wife, Chirryl. The two are happily married, live in Wisconsin, and have five children together. Chief Russ enjoys playing with his five children, gardening, writing and communicating with members of EYB.