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Adams County Sheriff stepping down

Sheriff Brian VonderHaar has submitted a letter of resignation/retirement to the Adams County Board due to health reasons, according to a press release.

Sheriff VonderHaar's retirement will be effective September 24th.

Chief Deputy Richard Wagner was recommended by Sheriff VonderHaar and nominated by Adams County Democratic Central Committee for the position of Adams County Sheriff upon Sheriff VonderHaar's retirement.

Sheriff VonderHaar's resignation and Chief Deputy Wagner's appointment as Sheriff is expected to be approved at the Adams County Board Meeting on September 15th.

Sheriff VonderHaar said resigning is in the best interest for himself, his family and the department due to personal health reasons.

Chief Deputy Wagner is set to begin his role as Sheriff on September 25th.

Sheriff VonderHaar was appointed Sheriff in February 2016 after Sheriff Brent Fischer stepped down to begin a new job as Executive Director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board.

Sheriff VonderHaar was elected Sheriff later in 2016 to finish out the term and again in 2018 to a four-year term.

Chief Deputy Wagner has served Adams County for over 20 years with the Sheriff's Department and has served as Chief Deputy for four years.

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