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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.