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Jim Reed announces candidacy for sheriff

PRINCETON – James B. Reed of Arlington has announced his candidacy for Democratic nomination in the 2014 March primary election for the office of Bureau County Sheriff.

In a statement he released this week, Reed said he pledges to “be a working sheriff for Bureau County” and has served in nearly every capacity in the sheriff’s office during his 22 years with the department.

“I have always been proud that I have been put in a position to help others and I get great satisfaction doing so,” he said. “I’ve been asked by so many people throughout my career, ‘when are you going to run for sheriff?’ When Sheriff Thompson told me he wasn’t seeking re-election, I felt it was an opportune time.”

Reed, 43, is currently a patrol sergeant for the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department and a life-long resident of Bureau County. He graduated from Hall High School and the Illinois Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois in Champaign. He is a certified corrections officer and a certified law enforcement officer.

Reed earned more than 800 hours in continued education through the local crime commissions and regional training centers. He began his career in law enforcement in 1990 as a patrolman for the village of Ladd and also worked part-time for the Princeton Police Department under Chief of Police Melvin Hult.

In his statement, Reed said his top priority includes improving and expanding efforts to protect communities combating the current drug issue. He pledges to consolidate the efforts of law enforcement entities to be more efficient in investigating and solving crimes.

If elected, Reed would continue to update equipment for the safety of the deputies and residents, without being a burden to taxpayers and would work closely with the Bureau County Board to improve countywide radio communications.

Throughout his career, Reed has become familiar with every aspect and position in the sheriff’s department, and has developed and earned the respect and appreciation of his professional peers. Reed served the sheriff’s department as a radio operator/corrections officer, courthouse security officer, field deputy and an investigator.

“I believe with my 22 years of experience in nearly every position of the sheriff’s office I will be a strong and knowledgeable leader,” he said.

In 2002, Reed was assigned to the Illinois State Police District 17/Zone 3 Task Force by then Sheriff William Rosenow. During his assignment, Reed assisted in several hundred narcotics cases and arrests in Bureau, LaSalle and Putnam counties and served as case agent in several large seizures and arrests for narcotics. Within the first two weeks of his assignment to Illinois State Police Multijurisdictional Task Force, Reed was a driving force in the investigation that resulted in the recovery of a significant amount of cocaine from offenders within the Illinois Valley. Reed was presented the Illinois State Police Meg Directors and Task Force Commanders Association award for his efforts in that case.

In 2006, under Sheriff John Thompson, Reed was promoted to the rank of sergeant and continues to patrol, supervise and train deputies for the sheriff’s office. Reed is also the senior master firearms instructor for the sheriff’s office and an FBI certified firearms instructor.

Reed is married to Maria (Borri) Reed. She is employed by American Marketing and Publishing and is the assistant district manager for Central Illinois. Reed is the son of Dennis and Linda Reed, formerly of Ladd.

Two other Bureau County men have announced their candidacy for Republican nomination in the race for sheriff. James Shipp of rural Princeton and Allan Beaber of Princeton will face off in the 2014 March primary election.

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