ROCK FALLS – A former Rock Falls police officer says he plans to run for Whiteside County sheriff next year.
Tim Fisher, 46, of Rock Falls, said last week that he will run as a Republican. Lt. John Booker, a Democrat, announced his intention to run for sheriff in May.
Fisher now works in behavioral health at KSB Hospital in Dixon, but has spent a majority of his career in law enforcement. He said he knew from a young age that he wanted to do police work, but wound up taking an unconventional path.
“I knew what my goal was in junior high, and I signed up for the Army military police as a junior in high school,” Fisher said.
After graduating from Rock Falls High School, he served in the Army for more than 3 years. Upon his return, he applied to several police departments, but went solo for the next step.
“I paid to put myself through the police academy, and I finished second in my class with the people who had already been hired,” Fisher said.
He joined the Rockton police force in 1993, and spent 2 years there before being hired by Rock Falls. He was there 18 years before a work-related injury shortened his time on the streets. While there, he was a patrolman, canine officer, sergeant, investigator, and certified dispatcher.
He has has never run for elective office, but says his training and experience qualify him to be sheriff. The Liberty University graduate is a strong advocate of community policing.
“I believe that, nationwide, we need to improve the image of police officers in the community,” Fisher said. “We’ve gotten away from being for and about the people.”
Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi announced May 16 that he would not seek another term, and endorsed Booker, the man he defeated in the 2010 race.
Wilhelmi’s run began in 2008, when he was appointed to finish Roger Schipper’s term.