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Sheriff race swells

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Schroeder is fourth Democrat to file for May 4 primary

By The Staff

TELL CITY - The number of names on Democrats' May primary election for sheriff grew by one Wednesday as Tell City resident William "Bill" Schroeder filed for the office.

New to the political circle, Schroeder served on the Tell City police force for less than a year in 1973 and also served four years in the U.S. Marines. While stationed with the military, he was given White House and top secret clearance  that he needed to help safeguard President Richard Nixon at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

Schroeder held the position of sergeant of the guard and while in the Corps, served a tour in Vietnam.

Returning to law enforcement is a goal Schroeder said he has long wanted to achieve. He pledged to bring accountability to the sheriff's office. "If we get a call it will be thoroughly investigated and followed up on," he said. "I plan to be the kind of sheriff that can be reachable. I will be the people's sheriff and work with them and other law-enforcement (agencies) to best serve the county."

Schroeder said "an officer in his patrol car is the backbone of public safety and services" in the county.

Schroeder said most of the duties of sheriff are administrative and said voters will decide who becomes the next sheriff. "It's decided by the people for the people," he said. He pledged to work in coming weeks and months to share his vision of the future of the sheriff's department with voters.

The candidate said rheumatoid arthritis forced him o retire from underground coal mining. He and his wife, Joann, have been married for 22 years.  The couple, who reside on 19th Street, have five children and 13 children.

Also running for sheriff on the Democratic ballot are Joe Lackey, Lee Chestnut and Lynn Wooldridge.