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Quincy native to return home and run for sheriff

Tony Grootens seeks the Republican nomination for Adams County Sheriff.
Tony Grootens seeks the Republican nomination for Adams County Sheriff.(WGEM)
Updated: Jul. 2, 2021 at 2:46 PM CDT
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QUINCY (WGEM) - A former DEA member of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office seeks the Republican nomination for Adams County Sheriff.

According to his campaign, Tony Grootens will officially announce his run Saturday at 11 a.m. at Clat Adams Park.

Grootens is a Quincy High School graduate and graduated from WIU in 1986. He served as a DEA member for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office from 1976 to 1987, obtaining the rank of Sergeant.

According to Grootens, he has since worked with the DEA in Springfield, Illinois, Springfield, Missouri, El Paso, Texas, and Anchorage, Alaska. He said he has over 40 years of experience within the United States Department of Justice, including the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Grootens is also a graduate of the Police Training Institute of the University of Illinois, and Drug Enforcement Administration Training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.Richard Wagner is the current Adams County Sheriff.

Wagner took over the role last year after Sheriff Brian VonderHaar retired due to health reasons.

On Friday Sheriff Wagner confirmed to WGEM News that he would also be running for sheriff in 2022.

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