- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - The race is on for two men vying to be the next Winnebago County Sheriff.

The Rockford Register Star (https://bit.ly/1qpbkiW ) reports Bob Springer and Gary Caruana faced off at an hour-long debate Wednesday night at Rockford University. About 60 people showed up to watch the candidates discuss the future of the department, which focused primarily on issues regarding diversity.

Springer, the Democratic sheriff candidate, said more women could be encouraged to join the department if they’re allowed to take promotional exams that will allow them to move up in the ranks. He worked at the department for 31 years before retiring.

Caruana, a former Winnebago County deputy, said the department should recruit female officers at local colleges. The Republican sheriff candidate currently serves as a Rockford Board of Fire and Police commissioner.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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