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Mercer County Republican Candidates 2018

–County Treasurer – ?
–County Clerk – Jay Doherty
–County Sheriff – Dusty Terrill

–County Board District 1 – ? — District 1 includes Abingdon, Keithsburg, North Henderson, Ohio Grove, Suez and Mercer 6 Precincts.
–County Board District 2 – ? — District 2 includes Rivoli, Greene, and Richland Grove 2 Precincts.
–County Board District 3 — ? –District 3 includes Preemption 1, Preemption 2, Richland Grove 1, and Richland Grove 3 Precincts
–County Board District 4 – Chris DeFrieze — District 4 includes Duncan, Eliza, Millersburg, New Boston, and Perryton Precincts.
–County Board District 5 – Steve Moreland — District 5 includes Mercer 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Precincts.

Precinct Committeemen:
North Henderson — Jo Anne Nelson
Rivoli
Richland Grove 1 — Greg Larson
Richland Grove 2
Richland Grove 3
Suez — Jeff Gregory
Greene 1 — Danny Hare
Greene 2 — Susan DeBlock
Preemption 1
Preemption 2 — Larry Neal
Ohio Grove
Mercer 1 — Barb Chiles
Mercer 2 — Linda Sarabasa
Mercer 3
Mercer 4
Mercer 5 — Jay Doherty
Mercer 6 — Bob Vickrey
Perryton
Millersburg
Duncan
Keithsburg — Becky Hawn
New Boston — Chris DeFrieze
Eliza
Abington — Dusty Terrill

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Interview with Dusty Terrill — candidate for sheriff

Interview with Dusty Terrill by Cala Smoldt

Name: Dustin Terrill (Dusty)

Party: Republican

Age: 41

Family: Wife — Amy Terrill, Wellness Director at Brookstone Aledo; Kaiden, 10-year-old son; and currently Max, 16-year-old cultural exchange student

Education: Graduated from Westmer in 1994, received associates degree in Law Enforcement Justice Administration from Black Hawk College and attended 25 semester hours toward my bachelor degree with Western Illinois University.

Occupation: deputy sheriff assigned to investigations as a detective

Relevant Experience: I have been employed by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department beginning in 1997 as telecommunicator, appointed as deputy 2000, and promoted to detective in 2010. I am a State Certified Lead Homicide Investigator, a DARE instructor to Mercer County and Sherrard School Districts, a Juvenile Police Officer, a certified instructor in the principles of ALICE (violent intruder training for our local schools), a child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse forensic interviewer, Chairman of the Mercer County Family Violence Coordinating Council, currently a part-time City of Aledo Police Officer, a Deputy Coroner, and a member of the Henry/Mercer County Investigative Task Force.

—Questions—

* Why are you running?

I am running to make Mercer County a better and safer place for my son, my family, and the entire population of Mercer County. I am running because I feel that the priorities I would set for the Sheriff’s Office would put the citizens of Mercer County first.

* What would you focus on and hope to accomplish?

I would focus on improving the efficiency of the Sheriff’s Office, using every means available to combat substance abuse, and improve the relationship between the citizens and the Sheriff’s Office.

I feel with Mercer County’s limited resources, and already high taxes, increases in efficiencies within the department are needed to improve services to the people who need them without increasing costs. I will restructure the Sheriff’s Office personnel to equalize the amount of deputies available to patrol and provide service during the day and throughout overnight. I will be a sheriff that is in uniform and have a marked squad car ready to answer calls for service and insist that my Chief Deputy do the same. I do not feel that it is efficient to have six sworn law enforcement officers on duty during the day and only two during most of the night.

I will try new ways to battle the drug abuse epidemic in Mercer County. Simply arresting, releasing, only to arrest again over and over is obviously not effective. Performing the same actions and expecting a different result does not solve our problem. We have to try something new. I strongly advocate consequences for actions and the arrests for drug offenses, but we need to add an element in an attempt to get these drug addicts out of the cycle of addiction. I have already begun and will continue to meet with citizens, church groups and other civic organizations to develop a plan to help these drug addicts improve their lives and break that cycle. I will work together with Probation and Court Services as a team to hold those on probation accountable for the conditions that they agree to while on probation, and if they violate those terms, I will be a strong voice to our courts to hold them accountable.

I feel we need to work toward building the trust of the citizens we serve. I believe programs such as D.A.R.E. build trust with the youth of our county. I believe promoting a positive presence in our community is important. I would work to build this trust by attending local festivals, sporting events, municipal meetings and visiting all of our schools and encouraging feedback from the people we serve. I will meet with those people to help them learn what they can do to help law enforcement solve the problems we face. This battle must be a team effort — it cannot be won if we view each other as an enemy. I want to hear the issues the citizens are facing and work together to find a solution. I believe by being those trusted figures in our community, the level of cooperation provided to the sheriff’s office will improve. A higher level of cooperation with law enforcement will help reduce and solve crime. I think that 16,000 sets of eyes (the residents of Mercer County) are much better at seeing what is going on than only 12 sets (Mercer County deputies).

* In your view, what are the biggest issues facing the sheriff’s department at this time and how do you propose to solve those?

I think the biggest issue facing the Sheriff’s Office is drug abuse within the county. Drug addiction not only tears apart families but is the driving force of many other types of crime. The power of the drug drives those addicted to commit some of the terrible, violent crime that we have seen this previous year to the dozens of thefts and burglaries that cause good hard-working people of Mercer County to lose thousands of dollars. I know that methamphetamine captures a lot of headlines and is a huge problem, but that is not our only drug problem. I have been involved in the investigation into several deaths in Mercer County that have been attributed to opiates and opioids such as heroin, the combination of heroin and fentanyl, as well as prescription drugs and methamphetamine. These other drugs should not be overlooked. They all need to be given attention. I will work to solve these issues by putting into place the ideas I mentioned above. I will work to improve the deputies’ ability to patrol by restructuring the organization. I will work with probation and the citizens to hold people accountable for their actions. I will prove to the citizens through action that we are on the same team with the same goal to improve our way of life in Mercer County.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my views. I ask for your support and vote to give me the opportunity to serve the people as your sheriff.

Dusty Terrill

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Resolutions for Increase in Mercer County Recording and Sheriff’s Fees

Some of the fees in Mercer County are out-dated compared to surrounding counties, so the Mercer County Board is raising these fees to match comparable counties and to take the burden off of the taxpayers, who have been subsidizing these fees.

Mercer County Recording Fee Resolution

WHEREAS, the elected officials of Mercer County are committed to providing needed services while identifying opportunities to remove unnecessary costs from the General Fund Levy; and

WHEREAS, 551LCS 5/3-5018 provides that the statutory County Recorder fees may be increased by the County Board if an increase is “justified by an acceptable cost study showing that the fees allowed by this Section (55 ILCS 5/3 – 5 0 18) are not sufficient to cover the costs of providing the services,” and

WHEREAS, both 551lCS 5/3-5018 require a statement of the costs of providing each service, program and activity be prepared and be part of the public record; and

WHEREAS, 55 IlCS 5/3-5018 provides authority to the County Board to establish a County Recorder’s Automation Fund and collect a $3.00 for document storage for each document recorded by the Recorder; and

WHEREAS, 55 ILCS 5/3-5018 provides authority to the County Board to establish a County GIS Fee and directs County Recorders to collect a Rental Housing Support Program Fee for each document recording reflecting financial value; and

WHEREAS, a statement of cost and cost analysis by Bellwether, LlC. has been prepared; and

WHEREAS, based on the Bellwether, LLC study and the County Board agrees that the County Code should be amended to change and establish the fees charged by the Mercer County Clerk.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED that the County Code is amended as follows:

For Recording Real Estate/UCC Related Document

Automation $3.00
Doc Storage $3.00
General Fund $36.00
GIS to Recorder Fund $1.00
GIS $21.00
RHSP $9.00
Total Fee $ 73.00

For Recording Non-Real estate

Automation $3.00
Doc Storage $3.00
General Fund $36.00
GIS to Recorder Fund $1.00
GIS $21.00
Total Fee $64.00

For Recording Subdivision PLAT

Automation $3.00
Doc Storage $3.00
General Fund $49.00
GIS to Recorder Fund $1.00
GIS $21.00
RHSP $9.00
Total Fee $86.00

For Recording Survey/PLAT

Automation $3.00
Doc Storage $3.00.
General Fund $8.00
GIS to Recorder Fund $1.00
GIS $21.00
RHSP $9.00
Total Fee $45.00

ADOPTED in special session of the Mercer County Board this 27th day of March, 2015

THE COUNTY BOARD OF MERCER COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Brian Anseeuw, Chairman

Phyllis Bewley, County Clerk

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Resolution for Mercer County Sheriff’s Fees

WHEREAS, the elected officials of Mercer County are committed to providing needed services while identifying opportunities to remove unnecessary costs from the General Fund Levy;

WHEREAS, 55 ILCS 5/4-5001 provides that the statutory County Sheriff fees may be increased by the County Board if an increase is “justified by an acceptable cost study showing that the fees allowed by this Section (55ILCS 5/4-5001) are not sufficient to cover the costs of providing the services;” and

WHEREAS, 55 ILCS 5/4-5001 require a statement of the costs of providing each service, program and activity be prepared and be part of the public record; and

WHEREAS, a statement of cost and cost analysis by Bellwether, LLC has been prepared; and

WHEREAS, based on the Bellwether, LLC study and the recommendation of the County Sheriff, and the County Board agrees that the County Code should be amended to charge and establish the fees charged by the Mercer County Sheriff.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED that the County Code is amended as follows:

Civil Process $55.00
Warrant $55.00
Mailed Process $48.00
Bond Fee $42.00

ADOPTED in Special session of the Mercer County Board this 27th day of March, 2015.

THE COUNTY BOARD OF MERCER COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Brian Anseeuw, Chairman

Phyllis Bewley, Mercer County Clerk

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This is why Staley and Henderson won’t debate George Howard

Listen to all three interviews on the WRMJ Radio web site, and, if you are so inclined, go to the WRMJ Facebook page and comment.

Now you know why they’re afraid to debate George Howard.

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More Mercer County on TV — George Howard for Sheriff

Here is our 30-second ad which will air on WQAD-TV this week.

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Mercer County is on TV — George Howard for Sheriff

This is our 15-second ad on WQAD-TV — it will run Wednesday through Monday, October 29-November 1.

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A Sheriff’s Pledge

Howard

The sheriff is the chief peace officer in the land – the only peace officer who is directly elected by and therefore directly answerable to the people. The duty of the peace officer is to protect and serve; to uphold and defend.

If elected Sheriff of Mercer County, I pledge:

1. To Protect the People’s Lives

I will put into operation county wide patrols.
I will personally ride on patrol.
I will always be on call for duty, not an 8-to-5 daily office job.
I will encourage interagency cooperation with city police and with other jurisdictions.
I will keep the community safe from sex and drug offenders.
I will keep the community safe from scams.

2. To Serve the People’s Interests

I will render the department transparent and accountable in all activities and operations.
I will be accessible to the citizens.
I will listen to the community on law prevention decisions.
I will maintain efficient management of the department budget – no skimping, no bloating.
I will implement a plan to keep the jail from being a burden to the tax payer.

3. To Uphold the People’s Laws

I will enforce the law fairly – even-handedly, not prejudicially.
I will enforce the law impartially – playing no favorites.
I will enforce the law effectively – diligently investigating and bringing to justice criminals who threaten the people’s safety.

4. To Defend the People’s Rights

I will make certain that deputies are trained to keep the peace – that is, maintain public safety and peaceful order.
I will make certain that deputies are trained how to defuse and circumvent needless confrontations.
I will make certain that deputies are trained how to respect and protect everyone’s life, rights, liberties, freedoms, and privileges while fulfilling their duties.
I will make certain that the operations of the sheriff’s department do not become militarized.

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Howard wonders why Staley won’t let Mercer County know

What is Dave Staley’s position on the many issues facing Mercer County residents today? How does Dave Staley intend to run the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department?

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Why does Dave Staley refuse to debate George Howard?

Why does Democrat candidate for Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley refuse to debate the Republican candidate George Howard?

Three times now Mr. Staley has refused: in Preemption on September 9; in New Boston on September 30; and, most recently, on October 13 in Aledo.

The Independent candidate Leo Henderson also refuses to debate.

Mercer County residents want to know.