Justus, 81, cancels his annual Christmas party because he continues to recover from gall bladder surgery but insists he plans to finish his term, which goes through 2014.
The sheriff's department rolls out The Exterminator, a 12,000-pound armored truck added to the sheriff's arsenal in an effort to curb crime in metro-east neighborhoods.
Justus sent out layoff notices to 12 road deputies, saying the county could not afford the 9.5 percent pay increase an arbitrator had awarded them. Eight deputies were later recalled.
Justus is named the new chairman of the Major Case Squad of the Greater St. Louis Area.
The Illinois Department of Corrections issued a report saying St. Clair County Jail, which was built in 1970, is overcrowded and there is not enough staff.
Justus is first elected sheriff in St. Clair County.
Justus becomes police chief in Cahokia