Mercer County Democrat Sheriff Candidates

Originally Posted Online: March 09, 2014, 11:10 pm
Last Updated: March 11, 2014, 12:44 pm
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By David Staley

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.

Top Priorities:

-- 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


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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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