Boone Co. Sheriff retiring, Ernest announces campaign - – Rockford’s News Leader

Boone Co. Sheriff retiring, Ernest announces campaign


After decades as Boone County sheriff, Duane Wirth is retiring and a familiar face has announced his campaign for the open position.

Dave Ernest was hired by Wirth and worked as with the Belvidere Police Department for the last 26 years.

"Honestly Sheriff Wirth is a legend in this county," Ernest says. "He's been a sheriff for the past 35 years, he's been one of my strong mentors. It's really something that we want to continue on that legacy and I feel very honored to follow in his footsteps."

Ernest says the decision to run wasn't easy because he enjoys working with the police department.

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