Madison County Sheriff: Bob Hertz

News-DemocratMarch 11, 2014 

Name: Bob Hertz

Address: 9 Ashford Oaks Court, Maryville, IL 62062

Age: 64

Birthplace: Wood River

Family status: Married

Number of children: 3

Education: Associate's degree in law enforcement -- Lewis & Clark Community College; Bachelor's degree in the administration of justice -- McKendree College, Lebanon

Occupation: Madison County Sheriff

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Sheriff of Madison County

Campaign website:

Campaign email/phone number:; 618-971-3254

Previously held offices: None

What qualifies you for this position?

I have worked at the Madison County Sheriff's Office for 42 years in all divisions of the office. I worked my way through the ranks being promoted to sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major and was first elected sheriff in 2002. I was re-elected in 2006 and 2010 and now seeking my fourth term. I have vast law enforcement experience and have a proven record of accomplishment with a 30 percent reduction in the rate of serious crimes since I have been the sheriff. I have the skills and experience needed to tackle the tough issues that may face Madison County.

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

The biggest issue in this campaign is rhetoric versus results. Under my watch, Madison County has seen a 30 percent reduction in major incidents of crime. We've created a volunteer Child Abduction Response Team to ensure rapid response to a child abduction. We've enforced existing sex offender laws, and taken an aggressive approach to fight drug crimes and the heroin problem. That success is no mistake -- it comes from strong leadership at the top and carries through the ranks to every deputy sheriff. I'm proud of my record of service and I'm asking for the privilege to continue serving as your county sheriff.

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