A third hopeful has thrown his hat into the race for Monroe County Sheriff.
Neal Rohlfing, a Republican, is running for the seat in the upcoming primary election in March. Monroe County Sheriff Dan Kelley, a Democrat, is retiring from the position after eight terms and will retire in November 2014.
Rohlfing, 35, has been with the Fairview Heights Police Department for 12 years. He has also been a Task Force officer with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the past four years and spent two years as a investigator with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department Drug Unit.
"It's been really alarming, the amount of heroin and methamphetamine that has been hitting all the areas, even all the rural areas," Rohlfing said. "I thank I can do a lot of good in Monroe County, I hope I get the opportunity and I think it would be really good for the county."
Rohlfing, who is from the Red Bud area and lives in Monroe County, said that if elected, he would implement plans to address programs for youth drug prevention, combine law enforcement efforts county-wide, and work to keep residents up to date with current crime trends. These plans also include a website for the sheriff's department to keep residents informed, adding a crime tip hotline and bringing the department into the 21st century through a social media and Internet presence. He would also assess security at schools in the county and implement crisis training for school officials and law enforcement personnel, he stated.
"Sheriff Dan Kelley, he's done such a great job and he's close to me," Rohlfing said. "He's been very inspiring and he's done such a great job in keeping the county clean. I have a lot of experience in drug enforcement and feel I can bring a lot to the county. I have connections with the United States Attorneys Office in the Southern District of Illinois, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Marshals Service. I have built my career on integrity, honesty, and hard work."
Rohlfing is running against former Waterloo Police Chief Joseph Brauer, a Republican, and Monroe County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dennis Schreder, a Democrat.
More information about Rohlfing's campaign can be found at www.nrformonroe.com.
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