FAIRBURY — Retired Fairbury Police Chief Jack Wiser will try for a second time to win the Livingston County sheriff’s job.
Wiser filed papers in December to enter the Republican primary in March. Incumbent Tony Childress also filed papers and announced last summer his intention to seek re-election.
“I intend to be a full-time sheriff,” Wiser said in a statement emailed late Tuesday night. “Being the chief law enforcement officer in a county that is geographically as large and as diverse as Livingston County is not a part-time job.”
Wiser criticized Childress for failing to attend committee and County Board meetings and for not being accessible to the public.
“Transparency needs to be restored to the sheriff’s office,” Wiser added.
Wiser began his career as a Livingston County sheriff's deputy in 1988. He then served as a Fairbury patrol officer, was promoted to be Fairbury’s first full-time detective, and then, in 1999, was promoted to Fairbury police chief, serving in that job for 13 years.
Wiser said that during his tenure as chief, he promoted safety in the Fairbury schools by initiating routine patrols of schools and buses. He also promoted and sought funding for the first K-9 unit in Fairbury.
Wiser received 1,632 votes in the 2014 Republican primary but finished second to Childress, who received 3,375 votes. That race also included former Sheriff Marvin Rutledge (1,622 votes) and Dwight Police Officer Mark Scott (575 votes).
In his July announcement, Childress cited his work increasing combined drug force agreements with LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam counties, which resulted in more drug arrests. He also said his department has received more than $100,000 in grants during his tenure and brought in more than $1 million in housing out-fo-county inmates at the county jail.
No Democrat filed to run in the March 20 primary.