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Candidates Forum (James A. Shipp)

Bureau County Sheriff - Republican candidate

Age: 58

Residence: Rural Princeton

Education: I attended Hall High School. I am a 1980 graduate of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute and a 2005 graduate of the Police Executive Role in the 21st Century. I have more than 2,200 hours of ongoing law enforcement training through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, FBI, IEMA, FEMA and other organizations.

Experience: I have 33 years of experience with the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office currently serving as commander. I have worked part-time for the following villages: 37 years with the village of Bureau, currently serving as chief; 15 years with DePue, sergeant; and I am currently in my seventh year as patrolman with Tiskilwa. I have responded to and been actively involved with the Utica tornado, Euclid chemical fire in Sheffield, Tiskilwa train derailment, Washington tornado and the recent snow-bound Amtrak trains. I have prepared sheriff’s budgets in the past and am currently working closely with the county board and several committees on various projects.

What are your top three priorities:

1. Save taxpayers a minimum of $l00,000 my first term in office.

2. Increase patrols in rural areas and villages which do not have law enforcement and continue to work with villages that have police departments in order to serve and protect all of the citizens of Bureau County.

3. Support TRI-DENT and the D.A.R.E. programs and educate our citizens to protect them against scams.

How would you describe yourself to voters: I am motivated, involved, honest, dedicated, experienced and willing to work tirelessly for the safety and well-being of the citizens of Bureau County. I have never been someone who works by the clock and do not intend to start now.

Why should voters cast their votes for you: My 33 years of Bureau County Sheriff’s Office experience, dedication to represent the citizens of Bureau County, experience with preparing a sheriff’s budget and current work with the county board make me the most qualified for the job.

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