The primary election is rapidly approaching in March, and it's time to lend our support for the candidates of our choice.
I served on the Sheriff’s Committee as an Ogle County Board member and was genuinely impressed with the expertise that Sheriff Michael Harn brought to Ogle County. He has proved to be a good steward of the taxpayers' dollars and has returned $1.3 million of unspent money in the past 3 years.
The reduction of miles driven and overtime cutbacks have kept department spending at 2007 levels.
Warrant arrests have quadrupled, and burglaries have been solved at a rate of 72 percent compared to the national level of 12 percent. Jail revenue has been increased $250,000. Regarding department personnel, vacation and comp-time liabilities have been reduced by $700,000 during his 3 years in office, with no employee layoffs.
With the help of the park district, county grounds have benefited from a facelift with no additional cost to taxpayers.
Viewing the accomplishments and his respect for taxpayers' dollars, I find the negative attacks leveled against him are shameful and unwarranted.
Ogle County can benefit from another term of Sheriff Harn’s service. He is the candidate I intend to support.