CLINTON — A former chief deputy for the DeWitt County Sheriff's Department will seek the Republican nomination next year to succeed retiring Sheriff Jered Shofner.

Mike Walker said Monday he plans to rely on his 27 years in law enforcement to lead the rural department where he has worked since 1989.

"My family and I are proud to call DeWitt County home. That's why it's been an honor to spend my career in law enforcement working to promote justice and keep the citizens of our county safe," Walker said in a statement announcing his candidacy for the March 20, 2018, primary.

Walker retired Dec. 30 and returned to work part time for the agency in February.

Walker started his career as a patrol deputy in 1989 and served as patrol sergeant and jail administrator from 2001 to 2010 before being named chief deputy in 2010. The candidate has an associate's degree in criminal justice from Lake Land College and completed the School of Police Staff and Command in 2010 at Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety.

Walker and wife Tonya are parents of two children.

Shofner announced recently that he will retire when his term expires Dec. 1, 2018, after more than three decades with the department, including two terms as sheriff.

  

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