By RICK HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — Jefferson County Circuit Clerk John Scott formally announced Saturday his candidacy for county sheriff in the March 2014 primary.
Scott, a Republican, is the current circuit clerk of Jefferson County. He joined three other candidates who have previously announced their intentions of seeking the office, including incumbent Roger Mulch and fellow Democrat Joey Porter, along with Republican John Lewis, securing a primary showdown in both parties.
Scott was appointed to the office of circuit clerk in 2006 and was elected to the office in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 — both times with no opposition.
"I formally announce today that I am a candidate for sheriff," Scott said. "As your sheriff I will bring my experience in setting budget for the correctional division as a jail administrator and as a circuit clerk. I will bring that experience to the sheriff's office which has the largest budget in county government."
He continued, "As your sheriff I will bring my experience as a member of management and co-employer with the County Board to the negotiating table and negotiate union contracts in good faith and settle issues in the most fair and equitable manner possible. As your sheriff, I will streamline and update the services and return the the basics of protecting and serving the citizens of Jefferson County. No matter what part of the county you live in, I want you to see a proactive and professional patrol and correctional division. I want them both to be here to serve in a professional and proactive manner, and I will do this by leading by example."
Scott, a lifelong resident of McClellan Township, graduated from Woodlawn High School, but resides at an Waltonville address.
Scott was a member of the Boilermakers union for nine years. He is a certified correctional officer and graduated from the police training institute. He was hired by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in 2003 as a correctional officer, and promoted to assistant jail administrator one year later with a rank of captain. In 2005, he was promoted to chief jail administrator.
Scott said he has attended many training sessions, including Illinois Public Risk training, new Circuit Clerk training, breathalyzer training, handgun training, taser training, pepper spray training, and continuing education. Scott provided documentation of his training and commendations received as a public servant.
As circuit clerk, Scott said he and his office have provided updates and upgrades to the office, and has provided continuous training for his staff.
"I'm very proud of my close working relationship over the years with the state's attorney's office and the judges, and we've worked together to streamline the court system," Scott said.