WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) – When we go to the polls next year, a familiar name will not be on the ballot. After nearly five decades, with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Dick Meyers says it’s time to retire.
"I'm the longest serving sheriff in Winnebago County history. I don't know if that's good or bad for the people, but I've loved every minute of it."
Sheriff Dick Meyers says the days at his desk are numbered after nearly 50 years with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, 17 of which as Sheriff. Meyers will retire at the end of his term, opening the door for someone else.
“I think we’ve done a good job of moving things and getting things in line and running a very progressive law enforcement agency.”
Looking back, Meyers says he’s most proud of his employees, the ones who keep us safe, but it’s the cases from his 12 years in the detective division that will stay with him forever.
“If there was a light at the end of the tunnel where if I worked another 15 years I could tell you that would solve every single homicide that has never been solved, I wouldn’t retire and I would stay here to do that.”
Sheriff Meyers’ departure means a big change for the Democratic Party. Party chairman, Charlie Laskonis, says the group will have to do more with the new sheriff candidate who likely won’t be as well-known or understand all that goes into a campaign.
“You have to definitely, I wouldn’t say you have to hold their hand, but you definitely help bring them through the process the first time, said Laskonis.
Meyers’ biggest hope for his replacement is someone with a long career in law enforcement.
“I think that would move us forward and that would be a good thing to look for,” Meyers said.
Republican Gary Caruana, a former sheriff’s deputy is the only person to announce his candidacy for the job so far. Petitions to run are due December 2nd.
WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers says he will not run for re-election in 2014.
Meyers says after nearly 50 years, he is retiring. Meyers started with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department in 1967. He says he's looking forward to enjoying spending time with his grandchildren and fishing.
Former Winnebago County Sheriff Deputy Gary Caruana is the only candidate running in next year's race for sheriff so far.