Sheriff to run for re-election

TUSCOLA – Although he's only had the job a little more than nine months, Douglas County Sheriff Charlie McGrew announced he intends to run for re-election next year.

McGrew, 58, of Arcola was elected last fall to fill the remainder of the term of Democratic Sheriff John Chambers, who left office in May 2004 to take a job with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

McGrew, a Republican, defeated Democrat Bob Utterback, a Douglas County sheriff's deputy.

McGrew said the growing use and production of methamphetamine continues to be one of his bigger concerns for Douglas County.

"We've made considerable progress in the last 10 months, and I want to continue that," he said.

As sheriff, McGrew oversees a department with 34 employees – nine sworn deputies, nine sworn correctional officers, six telecommunicators and the rest civilian support staff.

McGrew is retired from the Illinois State Police, where he worked 30 years, including 23 years as a criminal investigator and a specialist in drug crimes.

He and his wife, Debra, have two grown children and seven grandchildren.

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