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Three lawmen seeking job

Two Republicans, a Democrat long on experience

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

PRINCETON – Three Bureau County natives, two Republicans and a Democrat with decades of law enforcement experience, have announced their intentions to seek nomination for sheriff in the March 2014 primary elections.

They are Bureau County Patrol Sgt. James B. Reed, an Arlington Democrat, and Bureau County Sheriff’s Cmdr. James Shipp of rural Princeton and retired Princeton Police Officer Allan Beaber of Princeton, both Republicans.

Sheriff John Thompson, a Ladd Democrat, is not seeking re-election, he announced in March. He was elected in 2002.

Reed, 43, has served in nearly every capacity during his 22 years with the sheriff’s department, he said in a statement this week.

He began his career in law enforcement in 1990 as a patrolman for Ladd and as a part-time employee for the Princeton Police Department.

The Hall High School graduate now patrols, supervises and trains deputies, is the senior master firearms instructor for the sheriff’s office, and is an FBI-certified firearms instructor. He has had several jobs in the department: radio operator/corrections officer, courthouse security officer, field deputy, and investigator.

Shipp, who has 35 years with the sheriff’s department, is a Hall High School graduate.

He began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the village of Bureau, where he now is chief of police.

He was hired at the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department in 1981. In addition to working full time and in every capacity there, he also has worked for 15 years for the village of DePue and is in his sixth year as a Tiskilwa patrolman.

Shipp, who also has worked security for St. Margaret’s Hospital for 17 years, is the operations director in central Illinois for Illinois Security Service and a private investigator for Petentler Investigations.

Beaber has 36 years in law enforcement. He retired from the Princeton Police Department last year.

The 1971 Princeton High School grad was with the Princeton department from 1976 to 1999 as a patrolman before he was promoted to deputy chief of police.

As deputy chief, he handled day-do-day operations, including training, scheduling, payroll, officer evaluations and budgeting. He also was the department liaison with civic organizations.

When his boss, Police Chief Tom Root, was deployed overseas for 2 years, Beaber said, he handled the responsibilities of both positions.

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