The new incoming Sheriff has chosen a Deputy Sheriff. The current Sheriff is still retiring and the current Deputy Sheriff, who was running for Sheriff in this last election, will be retiring as well now. From the News-Gazette today:
There's a new sheriff in town - and he has a new chief deputyFull article here with a lot of details on the unexpected election results, the party dynamics, and other additional information.
Dustin Heuerman admits that Tuesday's landslide vote to make him the first Democratic sheriff in Champaign County since 1934 came as a surprise...
His Republican opponent, Allen Jones of Rantoul, a 29-year employee of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office, said in a Facebook post Friday afternoon that he will retire Nov. 23. As the chief deputy to outgoing Sheriff Dan Walsh, Jones was an at-will employee, not enjoying union or civil-service protections.
Heuerman said his experience working under Walsh as a road deputy on second and third shifts was good. His relationship with Jones, who was his lieutenant, was not as good and part of the reason he moved on to his position at Lake Land College in Mattoon, where he is program coordinator and adviser for the criminal justice program. He is also a part-time police officer there.
Heuerman has bachelor's and master's degrees in criminology and a doctorate of education in community-college leadership. He is also a member of the Illinois Community College Board.
With the election over, Heuerman said he and Barrett are putting together an agenda to improve morale in the department and get things done like consolidating the jails, trying to limit the number of mentally ill people who are jailed, getting more deputies hired, and increasing training for deputies and correctional officers.