Sheriff Tim Donnellon is currently serving his third term as the St. Clair County Sheriff, and he has decided not to seek re-election this fall. After three decades of service in law enforcement, he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and pursuing other opportunities.
Donnellon began his career with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s office in 1988. He served as Deputy, Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant before being elected Sheriff in 2008. In his first year in the position, the county faced major budget deficits and lay-off’s were inevitable. He was forced to reorganize the entire department. “It was a very difficult time for everyone; we had to make some really tough decisions,” said Donnellon.
As the county deals with the current COVID-19 situation, Donellon has been facing the issues related to it head on. “In my three plus decades of service to this office I cannot recall a more difficult time or environment to work in, yet all of the employees continue to rise to the occasion. I couldn’t be more proud of them than I am today,” he said.
Captain Mat King from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office filed to run for the position in the November election. Donnellon feels confident that he is leaving the office in good hands.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand