He sent an e-mail to various news outlets explaining his decision while noting he's exploring other options:
The time is approaching to elect a citizen to be the sheriff
of Coles County. After much consideration I have decided
to not seek a third term as your sheriff. Yesterday, I notified
the Coles County Republican Party Chair, Tyler Weaver that
I would not seek re-election.
I have certainly enjoyed my service of two (2) terms as
your sheriff and my previous 28 years as a deputy sheriff.
My time as a law enforcement officer has been a very
rewarding experience. It was an honor to be elected Sheriff
of Coles County and I owe a debt of gratitude to the citizens
of Coles County for allowing me to serve.
I am looking forward to the time I am no longer a peace
officer although I may not be terminating my career in public
life. I am exploring other options in public life and the
possibility of continuing my public service in another arena.
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