FULTON COUNTY (WEEK) – A second candidate has come forward wanting to be the next Fulton County sheriff.
Senior Deputy Ryan Maricle, who’s been with the sheriff’s department for 17 1/2 years, said he’s running as a Democrat to replace retiring sheriff Jeff Standard.
Maricle is the most recent recipient of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association “Deputy of the Year” award for helping save the life of a woman while he was off-duty in July 2020. Her lawn mower had rolled into a body of water, and she was trapped underneath. Maricle and the woman’s husband helped keep her head above water until first responders could free her, according to a sheriffs’ association news release.
Maricle spent 10 1/2 years as a patrol officer with the sheriff’s office, and he was assigned seven years ago to the Illinois State Police Drug Task Force.
Maricle said in a news release that he is a union member and takes part in contract negotiations for deputies as vice president of AFSCME Local 3433.
Maricle added that he’s a lifelong Fulton County resident, as is the first Republican to enter the race.
Sgt. Jon Webb is the department’s chief detective and announced earlier in the week that he’s running as a Republican.
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