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McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim to retire at end of term, endorses deputy chief as replacement

File Photo – McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim | Photo: Alex Vucha.

McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim announced Thursday that he will be retiring and not seeking reelection at the end of his term. He has endorsed his current deputy chief of operations to replace him.

Prim was elected as sheriff in 2014 when he replaced now-retired Sheriff Keith Nygren.

“Deputy Chief Tadelman has my full support in the 2022 election for McHenry County Sheriff,” Prim said in a statement.

“He’s served under me since I became sheriff in 2014, and I’ve seen how he embodies the core values of our office: honor, professionalism, pride, engagement, and service over self. He will improve law enforcement in our county by listening to the community and promoting the good within McHenry County,” Prim added.

“He’s [Prim] become known and respected regionally and nationally for his law enforcement work, and most importantly he’s kept our McHenry County families and communities safe,” said Robb Tadelman, Deputy Chief of Operations for the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

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Tadelman is a 17-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. He has worked for the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office since 2004.

“It’s been my honor to serve under Sheriff Prim and learn from him. It would be an even greater honor to build on the foundation he has laid at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office,” Tadelman said in a statement.

Tadelman began as a patrol deputy before becoming a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. He was later a patrol sergeant, sergeant of evidence, a sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Division, and a lieutenant in the Internal Affairs Division.

In his current role as deputy chief of operations, Tadelman works directly for Prim overseeing the patrol and training divisions as well as managing recruitment and operations for the office.

Tadelman will be forming an official campaign committee in the coming months in preparation to run as a Republican candidate in the 2022 election, according to his spokesperson.