PRINCETON — Although the 2014 election is more than a year in the future, two Republican Party members already stepped up and announced their candidacy in the race for Bureau County sheriff.
Princeton Police Department retiree Allan Beaber and Bureau County Sheriff’s Office Commander James Shipp announced Friday they will run in the primary election in March 2014.
Current sheriff John Thompson, a Democrat, was not available for comment Friday morning.
- Beaber is a 1971 graduate of Princeton High School and is the son of Earl Beaber of Princeton and the late Virginia Beaber. His wife, Terri (Frick), is a native of Princeton and is the chief deputy clerk at Bureau County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Beaber first served as a patrolman at Princeton Police Department July 1976-99, before being promoted to deputy chief, serving until 2012. While at the department, he received training and classes in all areas of law enforcement, police work and management. He was involved in or handled all types of crime from shop-lifting to homicides.
Beaber said his duties, responsibilities and experience as deputy chief are applicable to the office of sheriff. He has had experience with day-to-day operations of a police department including training, scheduling, payroll, squad car maintenance, ordering of equipment, purchasing squad cars, evaluations of officers and assisting in the preparation of the annual budget. While at the department he was responsible for writing the “active shooter” policy for Princeton School District, “armed robbery” policy for all financial institutions in Princeton and the “bomb threat” policy.
As deputy chief, Beaber also was part of the Homestead Festival Planning Committee, was instrumental in implementing the P2D2 program and initiating the Citizens Police Academy program.
Among other things, Beaber was a liaison between the police department and civic organizations for parades, festivals and fundraisers, he spent two years at Illinois State University Arson Investigation School and served as a Princeton volunteer firefighter, he worked with the Princeton mayor and city council, he graduated Northwestern University Center for Public Safety and Executive Management in 2001 and acted as Princeton police chief while the current police chief was deployed by the Army for approximately two years.
“After 36 years on the police department I set a lot of goals for myself. I’ve meant and succeeded some of the goals and once you’re in law enforcement for so long, it’s hard to get it out of your system,” said Beaber. “The longer you are away from it, the more you miss it, so I feel like I have a little more gas in the tank to offer the law enforcement and the citizens of Bureau County.”
- Shipp was born and raised in Bureau County and attended Hall High School. He is married to the former Deb Anderson of Ohio, Ill., and has three children, Jamie (Shane) Pennington, Adam (Holly) and Sarah.
Shipp began his law enforcement career in 1977 in the village of Bureau. He graduated from the University of Illinois Police Training Institution in 1980. He was hired at Bureau County Sheriff’s Department in 1981 by former sheriff Mel Hult. In addition to working full-time at the sheriff’s office, Shipp has worked part-time patrolman for Bureau, where he still holds the title of chief of police; he has worked 15 years for the Village of DePue, with the rank of sergeant; and currently is in his sixth year as patrolman for the village of Tiskilwa.
He was elected president of Lodge 222 Fraternal Order of Police, a position he held for 11 years.
He is a 2005 graduate of the “Police Executive Role in the 21st Century” course through Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institution. He has more than 2,200 hours of ongoing law enforcement training through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard Boards, Police Training Institute, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and other organizations. Shipp has also received several commendations from the sheriff’s office and numerous individuals, agencies and organizations.
Shipp just completed his 17th year working security for St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley and is operations director in Central Illinois for Illinois Security Services. He is also a private investigator for Petentler Investigations.
“I believe I can make a difference and I am able to work with people...and I believe I can help cut the budget and with my 35 years in law enforcement and my experience in training, I believe I’ll be an asset to the citizens of Bureau County.”
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