Forney elected Ralls County sheriff
By BEV DARR Of the Courier-Post NEW LONDON - Paul Forney, who has 10 years of experience with the Ralls County Sheriff's Department, was elected sheriff in a special election Tuesday. Forney
, running as a Democrat, defeated his only opponent, Ron Johnson, by a vote of 914 to 403.
will follow the late Ben Berghager as sheriff.Berghager, who had been sheriff since 1997, died June 8 after suffering a heart attack at his office. Regarding his transition to sheriff from his current role as chief of detectives with the sheriff's department, Forney promised, "this place isn't going to skip a beat.
We are just going to keep on going.
"I'm always going to miss my friend, Sheriff Berghager," he
said."Nobody can fill his
shoes, nor will I try.But we are going to continue the good work that he
started and operate the office in the manner he
"When Ben was gone on vacation, we made things work the way he
liked it.And a lot of the ways he
liked things done are still in my mind," Forney
was like a dad to me, and he
kept the office and the staff in the office closely knitted," he
continued."I worked with him 10 years.He
wasn't for sure if he
was going to run for the fourth term.We talked about it." Forney
added that he
wanted to thank "all the citizens of Ralls County
who supported me and all the people who went out and helped me out, especially my party backers."The Berghager family helped him, he
said, "and I was very grateful and very thankful." Forney
noted that in special election each party chooses its candidate and Johnson ran as an Independent.
has reported he
has experience in working with rural law enforcement, and he
explained that, "you have to be resourceful when you do this.