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Retain Varga as sheriff

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:49 p.m. CST

On March 18, the voters of Lee County will choose a person for the position of sheriff.

I have served on the Lee County Sheriff's Merit Commission for 28 years, the last 3 as chairman. We are a body that interviews and evaluates potential road deputies and correctional officers.

In the almost 8 years that I have served under Sheriff Varga, I have not once convened our commission to deal with problems within the department. Conversely, most of the employees give Sheriff Varga very high praise.

Sheriff Varga has not only done an exceptional job as sheriff, he has done an outstanding job with the budget that the Lee County Board controls, so a wish list proposed by his opponent must be agreed to and funded by the County Board.

There is simply no good reason to oust a good man and replace him with an outsider.

Do we really want the hierarchy at the Dixon Police Department running the sheriff's  department, too? Outside influences are never going to make the sheriff's department better than it is now.

Please consider casting your vote on March 18 to retain a local man that has done a great job as our sheriff.

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