Tuesday, June 18 : 11:00 am
In front of Belvidere Courthouse Dave Ernest announced his candidacy for the office of Boone County Sheriff. His family was there, his wife: Micki and their three daughters: Amanda, Abigail and Malina. You can follow Dave on Facebook by using the link to the right.
He was also joined by his parents, Maurice and Judy, his mother-in-law, Judi, brother Jeff Ernest, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Troy and Barbi Yunk, and his brother-in-law Drew Pivoras. Also, additional family members, friends, and city, county and state officals.
Click here to go to the Event Page and Dave's personal thank you to everyone involved!!
A special thank you to Shelly Slater Photography for the great pictures of the announcement.
The crime rate in Belvidere has dropped six years in a row. The following news story explains why gang activity has decreased in Belvidere. This is what happens when citizens get involved, law enforcement has a zero tolerance on gangs, and the States Attorney’s Office prosecutes gang members to the fullest. A partnership in this community is important and we must all work together to keep Belvidere / Boone County a great place to live!!
I want to thank everyone for taking time to attend our cookout/meeting. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all of the support!! We have a lot of exciting things ready for the tent at the fair. All of you who could not make it but still want to help, just let me know. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the Boone County Fair!!!
I want to thank all of the retired Boone County and Belvidere City Officers who support me!! This is a really nice letter to the editor in the Register Star today! PS: The guys called to let me know it was a typo by the Star, and they do know how to spell my name!!
We had a great time at the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce BoCo Expo today. It was nice talking to so many people who ventured out into the bad weather!
I love this post & photo! Ben Tuttle wrote: someone was excited to have this in our yard after seeing them everywhere else. He wanted me to call to tell you we need our sign. We got home and found this. Good luck Dave!
Thanks Ben & Gabe
I can’t tell you how humbled I am by the amount of support! Thank you so much for all of the requests for signs and the honks as you see us putting them up! Keep it coming ~ it sure lets me know I have made the right decision! If you are still waiting for your sign, I’m working like crazy!! I will get it there! If you think I forgot or don’t have your name on the list, just message me or make a comment!
Contact me and let me know
Citizens to Elect Dave Ernest
P.O. Box 16
Belvidere, IL 61008
or call: 815-569-2426
The time is almost here! In just 2 weeks, I will be asking everyone to go to their polling place and vote for me for Boone County Sheriff! If for some reason you are not available on March 18th, you can always vote early! Several people have let us know they have already voted! It is an easy process; just go to the Boone County Clerk's Office, 1212 Logan Avenue, Belvidere and ask to vote (March 3 - March 15). Thanks So Much!
Here is the HUGE Endorsement in the Boone County Journal
BOONE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES SUPPORT DAVE ERNEST 46 OUT OF THE POSSIBLE 49 SHERIFF’S SERGEANTS, DETECTIVES, DEPUTIES, AND RESERVE DEPUTIES SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR DAVE ERNEST!
We have had the privilege of working with Dave Ernest over the years and have witnessed his distinct qualities of character, experience, and performance. He is the only candidate that has been an example for us when it comes to partnership between the sheriff’s office and the police department. He has striven to make that partnership for the purpose of better serving the community.
Dave Ernest has the leadership qualities we need and want and the residents of Boone County deserve. Proven leadership qualities such as integrity, knowledge, experience, fiscal responsibility, good communication skills, and accountability to each other and the people we serve and protect.
Dave has earned the respect of his peers and we proudly stand with him. We encourage the residents of Boone County to stand with him too, by voting on March 18th, for Dave Ernest to be the next sheriff of Boone County.
The following sergeants, detectives, deputies, and reserve deputies of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office would like to express their support for Dave Ernest as the next sheriff of Boone County:
Sgt. Dan Reid
Sgt. Darren Rowe
Sgt. Ed Krieger
Sgt. Scott Yunk
Det. Rhonda Moore
Det. Ryan Smith
Det. Bill Kaiser
Det. Tim Fleming
Det. Scott Bowers
Det. Dan Reilley
Det. Pat Imrie
Deputy Tim Oberholtzer
Deputy Adam Stark
Deputy Rich McGill
Deputy Rob Rosenkranz
Deputy Austin Schmitt
Deputy Chris Burbach
Deputy Paul Bruneni
Deputy Candy Bunk
Deputy Michael Schwartz
Deputy David Mordt
Deputy James Wehrle
Deputy Corey Wright
Deputy Nick Funk
Deputy Tonya Prine
Deputy Kevin Smyth
Deputy Tyler Russell
Deputy Brett Banaszak
Deputy Steve Tallacksen
Deputy Larry Ohlsen
Deputy Steve Gallano
Reserve Lieutenant Dave Gallano
Reserve Sgt. Gordy Butt
Reserve Cpl. Keith Clark
Reserve Cpl. Tom Miller
Reserve Deputy Tom Follis
Reserve Deputy Dean Page
Reserve Deputy Scott Johnson
Reserve Deputy Dave Dennis
Reserve Deputy Al Womak
Reserve Deputy Justin Pearson
Reserve Deputy Steve Zuidema
Reserve Deputy Cody Clark
Reserve Deputy Mike Gosnel
lReserve Deputy Jarrid Clark
Reserve Deputy Chad Bays
Letter: No person more qualified for sheriff than Dave Ernest
The people of Boone County have a great opportunity to change the course of history by placing the right person in office to be our next sheriff. There is no person more
qualified than Dave Ernest. As a lifelong resident of Boone County,
I am asked daily why Dave Ernest is the better candidate to lead our County Sheriff's Department. Dave Ernest has spent years building relationships with numerous police and sheriffs departments. He has gained a standing in the law enforcement community through his ability to communicate a culture of trust and confidence that the task will get done in the right manner. Dave Ernest is
equipped to handle any and all situations that will arise as our next sheriff of Boone County.
It is for the same reasons that I selected him to
be deputy chief of operations that the voters should entrust him as their sheriff. His training and completion of the prestigious National FBI Academy have provided him the knowledge and skills to serve all the citizens of Boone County.
As Illinois' longest serving chief of police, I have had many opportunities to view what works in a community to reduce crime and provide for the public safety needs of our citizens. Deputy Chief Ernest has worked alongside me in developing effective crime fighting strategies. I am confident he will serve the citizens of Boone County with the level of professionalism required.
- Chief Jan W. Noble, Belvidere
Thank you so much Sandy Daniels; I too wish Judd was here!!
Letter to the Editor
RE: Dave Ernest for Boone County Sheriff I am writing this
letter of support for Dave Ernest for Boone County Sheriff.
I have worked with Dave Ernest for over 20 years. I have
heard him say so many times “It’s all about doing the
right thing.” I have seen him live that philosophy every day, making time for people when he didn’t have time and making decisions that were in the Department’s best interest that ultimately created more work for him.
His work ethics and commitment have earned him the
respect of those who work with him. I am happy for Dave that he is running for Sheriff and receiving so much well-deserved support from our community. But I am also sad that Judd Daniels is no longer here to participate in this campaign and support Dave, for it was also Judd’s hope that Dave would one day be Boone County Sheriff.
I encourage everyone to vote for Dave Ernest.
Today is finally Election Day!! Don’t forget to vote!! Make sure you ask for a Republican Ballot and vote for me, Dave Ernest for Sheriff!! Again, I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the last year!!
Don’t forget to vote for me, Dave Ernest for Sheriff, this Tuesday!! Election Day is almost here!! Thank you so much for the overwhelming support, help and spreading the word!!
So many people have worked so hard!! I am very proud of my entire committee and our positive campaign. We will be at Timber Pointe waiting for the results to come in. All are welcome!!
The results came in last night with DC Ernest (the new sheriff) winning over Phillip Beu. The county has spoken with their votes of which were:
David M. Ernest - R 4,112
Phillip Beu - R 1,099
Dave's comments when he won:
Thank you so much for the overwhelming support you showed me and my family! This has been a very humbling experience for all of us! I am very tired and cannot wait to sleep, but I wanted to quickly post something! I am very excited that the citizens of Boone County entrust me with the future of this county. I will work hard and serve the people! Again, I want to thank everyone for their help and support!!