Johnson County Sheriff Retiring After 40 Years
VIENNA -- A local sheriff, who's the longest serving in Illinois history, is stepping down. Elry Faulkner says he will not seek another term as Johnson County sheriff. He'll retire at the end of next year after 40 years in the job.
It says a lot about a person, to be voted Sheriff every election for 40 Years.
"I treat everybody alike. I don't care who you are. What politics you are. Whether you're rich or poor. I treat everybody the way I would want to be treated if I was in their shoes," says Sheriff Elry Faulkner.
He's ready to step down. Faulkner says he's seen quite a bit in his 40 years of service. He's been shot, been in a serious accident and met a lot of people.
"He's easy going, but he can be stern. He treats the prisoners with respect. You don't see that a lot now a days but he does," says longtime friend Allen James.
James says when he retired, Faulkner got him a job at the Johnson County Court House. A testament to his kindness.
"Everything I know about Elry is good. I don't know anything or anybody that has said anything bad about Elry," James.
Faulkner says, after all these years, it is finally time to retire. He would be 72 by the end of his next term if he were to run again.
He says the office is better suited for someone younger who can handle the latest technology.
"Everything's going computer. And that's another thing. I'm am old country Sheriff, you know I'm an old country boy," Faulkner said.
He says he's been happy to serve the people of Johnson County all these years. And he has a bit of advice for voters who will choose his successor next year.
"I want them to think about their vote and just vote for the one they think will do the best job."
Faulkner's term won't be up till next December. After that, he says he plans to spend his days hunting and fishing.
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