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Bureau County's Sheriff will be throwing in his hat after 12 years in the position. John Thompson has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2014. Thompson has been sheriff since 2002, when he defeated then-sheriff William Rosenow, the current Mayor of Sheffield. Thompson's career in law enforcement spans more than 35 years, including time as a patrolman, investigator, chief of police and sheriff. Thompson explains the timeing of his announcement. In January, two longtime area lawmen announced their candidacy for sheriff. They're both Republicans, Princeton Police Department retiree Allan Beaber and Jim Shipp, Commander of the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office. They're expected to battle it out in the March, 2014 primary. Thompson, a Democrat, has not endorsed a candidate to succeed him. Thompson says he's not sure of his future plans after he's no longer sheriff.
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