(MCT) PONTIAC — A former Livingston County sheriff announced Monday his intention to challenge the incumbent, and LaSalle County’s longtime sheriff said he plans to run again.
Marvin Rutledge, the Livingston department’s chief deputy until his resignation Monday morning, announced he is a candidate for the office now held by Sheriff Martin Meredith. Rutledge served two terms as sheriff but did not seek re-election in 2002.
“After much consideration, I would best serve this county as your sheriff,” Rutledge said in a statement released Monday.
Meredith has not publicly announced whether he will seek a second term.
Rutledge joins Mark Scott, an officer with the Dwight Police Department, as a candidate for the sheriff’s post. Scott announced his candidacy on Sunday.
Both candidates and Meredith are Republicans.
LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton will seek a fifth term, he announced on Monday.
Prior to being elected in 1998, Templeton was a deputy for 25 years, starting as a patrol officer and rising to the rank of captain prior to his election.
“I look forward to continuing to provide a high level of service to the citizens of LaSalle County,” he said in a statement.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School, the National Sheriff’s Institute and the Illinois Sheriff’s Management Institute.
Templeton also teaches in the Law Enforcement program at Illinois Valley Community College and is an instructor in the service officer’s training program for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board.
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