I am Jeff Dale, 54, a lifelong resident of Aledo and chief deputy for the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.
I was employed by the county as a correctional officer in 1989. I was the first correctional officer trained and certified for Mercer County by the Police Training Institute in Champaign.
In 1990, I was promoted to deputy sheriff, graduating from the Police Training Institute in 1991. As deputy, I have been assigned to patrol, handler of the K-9 Unit, member and supervisor of the Tactical Response Unit, Criminal Investigations handling felony crimes with specialization in violent crimes against youth, and Lead Detective in charge of all criminal investigations, which included the added responsibility of daily supervision of jail operations and the patrol division.
April 2010, I was appointed chief deputy by Sheriff Tom Thompson, a position still held today. As chief deputy, my duties have included all aspects of law enforcement, along with the added responsibility of oversight of day-to-day operations of the sheriff's office and its entire organizational structure.
Those duties also include training police officers and civilians throughout the area. In 2011, I was named Employee of the Year for outstanding job performance. In 2012, recipient of Mercer County Sheriff's Office "Certificate of Exceptional Merit for an Act of Personal Bravery."
I'm a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 132, liaison for Mercer County Crime Stoppers, member of the Mercer County Domestic Violence Council, member of the multi-disciplinary team with the Child and Advocacy Center.
I graduated from Aledo High School, Police Training Institute and Black Hawk College with a degree in applied science in business management and marketing.
-- Continue to promote and provide the best possible training opportunities to ensure the quality of proactive law enforcement deserved by Mercer County residents.
-- I believe the DARE program has proven invaluable. I would like to expand the program to the junior high and eventually the high school.
-- Develop a multi-jurisdictional task force to combat the ongoing problem of methamphetamines, heroin, cannabis and prescription narcotics that can destroy families and family values.
Name: Jeff Dale
Hometown: lifelong resident of Aledo, Illinois
Occupation: Chief Deputy for the Mercer County Sheriff's Department
Work Experience: Nearly 25 years of continuous service with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department
Political experience: Previously a Democratic Precinct Committeeman