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County looks to fill vacancy

Sheriff Tony Childress, right, and challenger Jack Wiser, left, during a 2018 candidate forum in Pontiac / file photo.

The Livingston County Board has accepted the retirement of Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress and is looking to fill the vacancy.

A press release from the county board office indicates the vacancy “shall be filled within 60 days by appointment of the Chair of the County Board with the advice and consent of the County Board.”

According to the release, the appointed individual shall be someone from the same political party, which is Republican in this case, and should be a registered Livingston County voter to serve through Nov. 30, 2022.

This appointment is only to finish out the current term as the vacated position will be filled following the election. The Primary Election is June 28 with the General Election Nov. 8.

An appointment is expected to be announced at the March 17 Livingston County Board meeting. Anyone interested in applying for the appointment should submit a letter of interest to county board chairperson Kathy Arbogast no later than March 7 to: County Board Office, 112 W. Madison Street, Pontiac, IL 61764.

Childress has reportedly been dealing with health issues which prompted his retirement. As of late last week, Jeff Hamilton was acting sheriff after the county board approved the retirement agreement with Childress on Thursday. Hamilton had served as chief deputy under Childress.

Currently, Tom Vagasky and Ryan Bohm are running for the office of sheriff this year.

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