My name is Caryn Brokaw, and I am seeking the Democratic nomination for Mercer County sheriff.
I am 59 years old and have been employed by the Mercer County Sheriff's Office for 32 years.
I am a lifelong resident of Mercer County, a resident of Aledo and a graduate of Aledo High School. I am a mother of five and grandmother of six grandsons. I am the widow of the former county deputy and Aledo police chief, Jim Brokaw. I am currently the LEADS (Law Enforcement Agency Data Systems) supervisor, working and supervising the 911 center.
I have EMD (emergency medical dispatch) certification, 40-hour firearm training, 911 liability, 911 in progress, sex offender registration training and next-generation 911 training. I also handle all civil process and billing and warrant entries. I have been the Mercer County 911 secretary for 14 years. In 2004, I was recognized by Trinity Hospital as "Dispatcher of the Year."
This isn't about politics or the fact that I am a woman. This is about getting a job done and focusing on a mission. I had thought about running for Sheriff years ago. I am looking forward to the opportunity for moving our sheriff office forward, not only as the first woman sheriff, but also the top person on the ticket with years of experience.
I have devoted my time in law enforcement to the people of Mercer County. I believe in "Serve & Protect" the people. I believe my familiarity with Mercer County, both as a resident and telecommunicator, gives people confidence in me at election time. If the people put their trust in me, I will do everything in my power and ability to provide them with a good sheriff's office.
-- We need to focus on cutting costs, however, we cannot make cuts that would directly impact the safety of the citizens or our officers. Researching grants or funds to assist purchasing equipment and squad cars would be a necessity.
-- Promoting community partnerships through community/town hall meetings. I want to keep the public informed on pending current issues and how to protect themselves from becoming victims.
-- I am a firm believer in training. I would research more online classes and joining in partnership with surrounding agencies to cut the costs or share costs for training.
Name: Caryn Brokaw, 59
Education: Aledo High School, Emergency Medical Dispatch Certification, firearm, 911 training.
Occupation: Employed by Mercer County Sheriff's Office for 32 years. Currently Law Enforcement Agency Data Systems supervisor, supervisor of the 911 center
Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.