I will put 33-plus years of public service experience, training and education to work for the citizens of Mercer County.
That experience includes:
--22 years U.S. Army (retired) sergeant major. -- Decorated combat veteran. -- Seven years police officer in Mercer County. -- Current member of the Mercer County Board representing District, chairing the Law Enforcement Committee and serving on five other county board committees.
My highest priority is to keep the peace and protect all citizens and visitors of this county. Under my guidance, the men and women of the sheriff's department will diligently investigate and bring to justice those criminals who threaten the safety of our homes, schools and families.
There will be special protection emphasis for children and our senior citizens. Our children are our future and must be protected and nurtured to assume all of our community leadership roles. Our senior citizens are our greatest generation. If we listen, they can provide us with a unique opportunity to learn from their life experiences. They should be included in all of our crime prevention decisions.
-- Provide fair, impartial and effective law enforcement for all residents and visitors of the county.
-- Efficiently manage taxpayer money to ensure the most law enforcement effort for every tax dollar. We must learn to do more with less.
-- Be accountable to Mercer County Board and taxpayers for all Sheriff Department activities.
Name: George J. Howard
Occupation: US Army, retired after 22 years US Army (retired) sergeant major; and decorated combat veteran. Seven years as police officer in Mercer County
Political experience: Member of the Mercer County Board representing District 1, chair of the Law Enforcement Committee and serves on five other county board committees
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground. 1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students. 1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.