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 Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.