My name is David Staley. I am seeking the Democratic nomination for Mercer County sheriff. I am a lifelong resident of Mercer County.
Born in Aledo, I was raised in a hardworking middle-class family, my dad being a union ironworker and my mom a homemaker. Both taught me the importance of giving an employer an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. I vow to provide that for you, the taxpayers of Mercer County.
I graduated from Aledo High School in 1978. I worked for the City of Aledo Water Department for 11 years and also operated my own small business, Staley Environmental Services, for 12 years. I have also served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.
I believe that law enforcement is a service-oriented industry and promise to provide excellent service to the residents of Mercer County.
I have worked for the Mercer County Sheriff's Department since 2001, serving as a telecommunicator, correctional officer and currently as patrol deputy.
If elected, I promise to serve the citizens of Mercer County as a working sheriff with the highest level of integrity, honesty and accountability. Times are tough financially for our hardworking citizens, and they deserve the best law enforcement available. I will work closely with the Mercer County Board to provide proactive law enforcement rather than a strictly reactive force, all while staying within the budget set by the county board.
I feel that having served in all three divisions at the sheriff's department, along with my experience as a small-business owner, makes me uniquely qualified to serve as your sheriff. I deeply appreciate your support and, if elected, promise a sheriff's department that every resident of Mercer County can rely on and be proud of.
-- Fiscal responsibility: Working within the budget as set by the county board while providing the service citizens deserve.
-- Provide well-equipped, pro-active law enforcement, as opposed to reactive. Actively patrolling the county looking for crime, rather than merely responding to calls.
-- Development of a multi-jurisdictional tactical response team to work and train hand in hand with local school administrators to develop emergency procedures for all of our school buildings.
Name: David W. Staley
Hometown: Aledo, now lives in Seaton
Occupation: Deputy Mercer County Sheriff's Office, former telecommunicator and correctional officer, former public safety officer for Quad City International Airport, owned Staley Environmental services
Political experience: two years Aledo School Board, six years Abington Township Board, four years Seaton village president
Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.