Update: 9:00 am, 6/26/17, Monday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) -- Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh is endorsing his chief deputy to take his place.
Walsh is not running for re-election, but his chief deputy, Allen Jones, is. Jones says one of the biggest issues facing Champaign County is an uptick of violence.
He also wants to help implement a better way to address mental health in the jail system. He said if he's elected, he will owe a lot of what he does to the methods Walsh has taught him.
"I can't thank him enough, and show as much appreciation as I need to for the way that he's led this agency and set this agency on a great path going forward," said Jones.
"I think you'd be hard-pressed to find anybody more well-suited for it, or more well-qualified anyway in the community. And he runs the place when I'm not there," said Walsh.
Walsh's term ends in November, 2018. When he's done, he wants to practice law part-time and do some traveling.
Original: 3:00 pm, 6/19/17, Monday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) -- Sheriff Dan Walsh will step down when his term ends and one man has already expressed interest in the position.
Chief Deputy Allen Jones announced his bid Monday. He said in a Facebook post, he's "excited to be a candidate to succeed my friend and mentor, Dan Walsh, as Champaign County Sheriff.
Walsh's term ends December 2018.
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