Endorsement: Kane County sheriff – Williams

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 11:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 10:50 a.m. CDT

Two candidates – each with a wealth of law enforcement experience – are seeking the GOP nod for Kane County sheriff in the March 18 primary election.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Sgt. Willie Mayes Sr. in the Nov. 4 general election. The post currently is held by Pat Perez, who is not seeking re-election.

Lt. Kevin Williams has been with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office for more than 20 years, while retired Lt. Donald Kramer worked in the office for more than 30 years.

Both have made unsuccessful bids for the position of Kane County sheriff in the past.

If elected, Williams said he would blend current concepts with his own to manage the sheriff’s office, noting that he would continue to work with the Kane County Board, community members and local law enforcement to help build partnerships and maintain safety.

Kramer said that – if he were elected – he would work to create a strong administrative structure in the sheriff’s office that would oversee the operation of each division, leading to improved quality of service.

Williams said he is the type of leader who praises in public and scolds in private, and he believes that everyone in the office should have the same chances for promotions and transfers – and face the same discipline.

Describing himself as a “team builder,” Kramer said that it is important to listen to employees, and he put an emphasis on setting goals and objectives. He said he doesn’t like to implement discipline unless it has to be done.

Both candidates are strong, and we think both could see success as sheriff. We give Williams the slight edge.

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