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 Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."