It is evident that the upcoming race for sheriff of McLean County has sparked considerable interest. Myriad references have been made regarding commendations earned by the candidates, which is understandable given that they have both been involved in law enforcement for many years.
What seems curious is that the current sheriff has taken a public position, notwithstanding both candidates are currently on his staff. This smacks of administrative ignorance and can potentially be divisive and harmful to staff morale, to the detriment of the citizens of the county.
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Comparing the qualifications of both candidates which have been chronicled in The Pantagraph and elsewhere, the choice seems to be an easy one. From a personal, technological, administrative, experience and educational standpoint, Mike Emery is heads and shoulders above his opponent. The day is long past when the fact that a person is a good "street cop" means he will be a good sheriff.
In the 21st century a sheriff must, first and foremost, be an effective administrator who is able to capably surround himself with a team of loyal and capable officers and then delegate responsibility accordingly. Mike Emery is that person. Please join me in voting for Mike Emery in the March primary.