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Republican Shane Rekeweg breezed to an easy victory Tuesday in general election balloting and will be the next sheriff of Adams County.
Rekeweg captured just over 50 percent of the vote throughout the county, while two Democrats — one running as an independent candidate — split the remainder of the ballots. The 39-year-old Rekeweg polled 4,805 votes during Tuesday's balloting, while Democrat Jon Fuhrman garnered 2,876 votes and independent Terry Nevil attracted 1,881 ballots.
Incumbent Sheriff Chuck Padgett is wrapping up his second four-year term in office and was prevented from running again because of term limits.
After surviving a four-way primary race in May, Rekeweg won in 21 of the county's 25 precincts on Tuesday. Fuhrman captured two precincts — East Root and West Root — and Nevil did likewise, winning in Wabash Township and Geneva.
"The voters of Adams County have bestowed upon me a lot of trust, and I will do everything I can to follow through with what I told them I would do during the campaign," said Rekeweg. "I will stick to my four main issues — the public, the budget, the staff and the jail. And I will make sure the public is more informed and that the department is open to input from all county residents."
Rekeweg, as he has stated numerous times during the campaign, said he would make Eric Meyer, currently a detective with the Decatur Police Department, his chief deputy.
The sheriff-elect has served in the law enforcement field for the past 18 years; 15 of those with Adams County Sheriff’s Department. A resident of the Preble area, he is currently a patrolman with the department.
Fuhrman, 49, is captain of the sheriff’s reserves and is a 27-year member of that organization. The Root Township resident is the owner of Fuhrmann Precision Services and Heritage Wire Die. Nevil, 62, is a 31-year member of the sheriff's department and also serves as a member of the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department. He is the owner of Nevil Body Shop in Geneva.