McHenry County Shreiff Bill Prim made it abundantly clear that he is running for re-election at a Cary Country Club funriser Thursday night.
At his gourmet event in Union last fall, I didn’t stay long enough to hear his talk.
When I asked for a copy, I was told Prim did read a specch.
So, last Thursday, I brought pen and paper to take down his words.
Prim was introduced by David Devane, the Chief Administrative Officer.
He described Prim as “modest all over..not in spots.”
In the last three years, violent crime is down, the Sheriff’s budget is down and jail revenue is up.
Prim credited the “people who work for me” with the office’s accomplihsments.
We’ve done the things we said we would do,” he said.
Those included making friends with the State’s Attorney’s Office and saving hundreds of thousands of dollars through renegotiating contracts.
When he took office, Prim said the jail was losing $3 million a year. Now it is netting $7 million a year.
He pointed out this is General Fund money, not money spent on the Sheriff’s Department.
Prim re-interated that he didn’t think his political skills were his strong suit, but he pointed out, “You’ll see people who are from area.”
He pointed to “the diverse group of people here that I’m proud to associate with.:
He briefly summarized what he considered his accomplishments, most of which I jotted down:
- Curring staff by twenty-five
- Creating an Internal Affairs Division
- Creating two youth groups
- A bronze award in the compettion for The President’s Volunteer Service Award
He added that there were some police officers present.
“You’re going to see some police officers here,” he added.
In conclusion, Prim said,
“I asked for your support before and I’m asking for it again.”
Prim was narrowly nominated for the office in 2014, beating Undersheriff Andy Zinke by 97 votes (14,520 to 14,423).
In the fall Independent Jim Harrison, backed by the Democratic Party, challenged Prim. He was rebuffed 61% to 39%.
In other political news, Mark Daniel was working the crowd for support in his campaign to be named the next Chairman of the McHenry County Republican Party. He was beaten by Sandra Salgado two years ago.