Outgoing Sheriff Jerry DeVore addresses staff and supporters.
Marion County Sheriff Jerry DeVore isn't ready to leave the sheriff's department.
DeVore confirms he has hired an attorney to investigate getting his former position as a road sergeant back when his term as sheriff ends November 30th. DeVore says there is a clause in the merit board rules that allows a sheriff to return to his tenured position.
State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach says there is such a provision, but no statutory requirement that DeVore has to be given his job back. Wilzbach says incoming Sheriff Rich Stevenson opposes the idea of giving DeVore a job. Stevenson beat DeVore in a hotly contested election on November 4th.
The State's Attorney notes there is no current opening for a Sergeant at the department which means a new position would have to be created or someone would face a layoff. Wilzbach says that action could pose another legal question.
DeVore says he wouldn't have a problem working for Stevenson and can do the job just like anyone else. DeVore is three years away from being able to get a pension and would like to be able to serve at the sheriff's department that much longer.
DeVore said his farewell's as sheriff Tuesday to supporters and department employees.
"I think [the department] is better than when I came in. I think that's the goal of every sheriff, to leave the place better than they found it. I hope that I've done that. I've tried really hard" said DeVore.
DeVore receive a round of applause from those in attendance.
DeVore says he plans to show up at the sheriff's department on Monday morning ready to go to work for the new sheriff. Stevenson is scheduled to be sworn in at 8:30 Monday morning in the large third floor courtroom at the Marion County Courthouse.