McLean County Sheriff will not seek re-election

By WEEK Producer

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM CDT

MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. -- McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery will not seek another 4-year term as the county’s top cop.

Tuesday morning, Emery announced he will not be running for re-election next year and will end his time as sheriff when his current term expires in December of 2014.

"I will not be a candidate for sheriff in 2014," Emery said. "I will tell you that I've had an exceptional 33 year career in the McLean County Sheriff's office, with 8 of those years serving as sheriff."

The 55 year old has been with the McLean County Sheriff’s Office since 1981 and says he does plan to stay active with the department after he is no longer sheriff.

Former department lieutenant Jeff Elston announced plans last week to run for Sheriff. McLean County Lieutenant Jon Sandage is expected to announce his candidacy during a press conference on Wednesday.

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