MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – Republican Jim Root was elected sheriff in Macon County on Tuesday.
The election was a close one, with Root winning by less than 100 votes with all precincts reporting. He battled Tony “Chubby” Brown (D) for the seat.
Root has an extensive background with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office after starting there in 1996. He moved his way up from third shift patrols to a sergeant in 2006, and eventually took the job of lieutenant in the department in 2009. In that role, Root oversaw the Macon County Emergency Management Agency.
He served in the United State’s Marine Corps after his 1986 graduation from Eisenhower High School and spent time serving in Okinawa, Japan. After his time serving, he worked in a number of jobs in Decatur before earning an associate degree in applied science and law enforcement from Richland Community College.
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