Honesty, integrity and pure leadership is what I will be bring to the Mercer County Sheriff's Department once elected as the next county sheriff. I have a deep passion for social justice and an extensive knowledge base about what it takes to serve a community as a leader.
As a retired Marine Corps officer of 22 years and a highly decorated combat veteran, I have learned what it takes to protect the value of social justice and the needs of a growing community. I have been faced with many different challenges in the Department of Defense and have been celebrated for my expertise in the field of social justice and defense.
An ideal community involves a working public-defense system where the individuals given the positions of authority are trusted and respected. An ideal community is one that is circled around a group of leaders which the community members can depend on for safety and fairness. This is the way I envision my position as sheriff.
My current positions as the chief of police of Joy and mayor of New Boston have given me the experience needed to keep a tight budget and to accomplish any mission or task with any type of budget restraints.
I am excited at the opportunity to become a significant figure in Mercer County because I know and have plans for the community to be surrounded by an authority system they can trust to be fair, unbiased and dependable. I will maintain a high level of trust that the community can depend on and be proud of. I hope to get your support in the upcoming election.
-- Build the morale back up within the department, because without morale you will never have mission accomplishment, and mission accomplishment and morale to me are the most important.
-- Operate the department to its fullest capabilities with the budget given by the board.
-- Get the trust and confidence of the citizens of this county that the Mercer County Sheriff's Department will protect and serve the citizens of this county at all cost.
Name: Chris "Cricket" DeFrieze
Hometown: New Boston
Occupation: Joy Police chief
Political experience: Mayor of New Boston
Other: Decorated Marine Corps combat veteran with experience running a jail as an executive officer of a prison.
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."