CHARLESTON, IL. (ECWd) -
There has been considerable chatter in reference to Jimmy Rankin, candidate for Coles County Sheriff. Most of it centered around people claiming he was never in the military.
We have obtained several documents (HERE) that verify he was in fact in the military and more documents are on the way thru FOIA requests. What is interesting with this is we obtained these documents in less than 48hrs with a single e-mail request yet a person tipping us off on this matter was of the opinion he was never in the military and was confident of that. That confidence apparently came from those he is close to who are spreading the false rumor.
Below is a copy of his Honorable Discharge from the US Army, his Army photo, a copy of The Quarter Master General Certificate, US Army Quartermaster School Certificate and a picture of Jimmy in his Air Born Jump Gear at Ft. Bragg NC.
Deputy Rankin was the Deputy that found the error that the Coles County military men were not getting differential pay. Something that is noted in county audits. Is that another failing of the current Sheriff Darrel Cox?.
Deputy Rankin was also the Deputy who implemented the DUI Restitution and Article 36, he did this on his own time not on duty, and this has reportedly raised over $250,000.00.
In December he did a business proposal to the chief and sheriff for raising money for the DARE Program. The calendars, ads and personnel have been outsourced for years, Mr. Rankin brought the calendars to be printed at a local print shop in Charleston, the leg work, ads and his idea reportedly brought over $13,000.00 to Coles County Sheriff's Department.
Mr. Rankin didn't take the money for the DARE Program, he had already raised over $7,000.00 for that program. Mr. Rankin saw a need for another area that was struggling at the department, the K9 Section. Mr. Rankin had all the receipts deposited in this account because it was struggling.