Local Government

Wagner appointed Adams County sheriff

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 15, 2020 10:50 pm Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 11:08 pm

QUINCY — Rich Wagner will be the next Adams County sheriff.

The Adams County Board unanimously approved the appointment of Wagner on Tuesday night.

Wagner, chief deputy for the last four years, has been with the department for more than 20 years.

Wagner will replace Sheriff Brian VonderHaar, who announced last week that he would step down effective Sept. 24. VonderHarr, who has been with the department since 1990, has been sheriff since February 2016 after previous sheriff, Brent Fischer, resigned to become executive director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. VonderHaar won a special election in November 2016 for the remaining two years of Fischer's term, and he ran unopposed in 2018 for a full term.

The County Board also approved a $320,000 contract for a 30-by-150-foot addition to a building at the Highway Department.

The addition will be used for equipment storage by the Adams County Emergency Management Agency, which has received substantial personal protective gear through the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Simon, director of the Emergency Management Agency, said the project is federally funded. The department had been using two bays in the Highway Department's building to store equipment.

The project was awarded to Maas Construction, which must finish construction by the end of the year to comply with the federal grant.