JONESBORO – After 34 years of service, the sheriff in Union County is retiring.
In a press release posted on the Union County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff Scott Harvel said “the decision to retire has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but with the recent passing of the Police and Criminal Justice Reform Bill, I feel the time has come.” Harvel will retire on Aug. 2.
The Police and Criminal Justice Reform Act was signed into law in February of this year by Gov. JB Pritzker and takes effect on July 1. The new law mandates significant changes to how law enforcement agencies across Illinois police their communities.
“There are portions of this new law that will address needed change,” Harvel said. “Advocates for this new law claim many of the provisions within the reform act will provide safer communities and a safer environment for police officers. I adamantly disagrees with this belief which is why I have chosen to retire. I feel these changes will greatly affect policing in the future and impede my ability to perform my duties as sheriff.”