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Retain Rock as state’s attorney

Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

During my 35-year career in law enforcement, I worked with six state’s attorneys and dozens of assistant prosecutors. When evaluating a prosecuting attorney, I look for several characteristics: ethical conduct, strong integrity, high morals, and the backbone to do what is right, regardless the outcome.

I worked with Mike Rock years before when he was an assistant state’s attorney, and I worked the street as an Ogle County deputy sheriff. I developed a deep respect for his abilities as a prosecutor.

Last year, Rock was appointed to complete the remainder of State’s Attorney Ben Roe’s term. Fortunately, Rock is seeking to be retained as our state’s attorney.

Rock does not and will not cater to special interests. He has the backbone to stand against them and do what is right. He is the only candidate for Ogle County state’s attorney with extensive trial experience. His decisions are based on deep experience, sound knowledge, and integrity.

You’ll see other letters of support for Rock from police officers in Ogle County. I wholeheartedly agree with their comments and observations.

We should want – we need – a state’s attorney who possesses high morals, deep integrity, and strong ethics. That person is Mike Rock.

Note to readers: Gregory A. Beitel is a retired sheriff of Ogle County.

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