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Officer announces intention to run for Sheriff

SIBLEY, Iowa -- In early March, Matt Block, a police officer on the Spencer Police Department in Iowa, announced his intention to run for the Republican nomination for the Osceola County Sheriff.

Born and raised in Sibley, Iowa, Block said he wanted to get back to his hometown and be close to his family.

"I want to raise my six children up and give them the same roots and morals I was brought up on," Block said. "What better way to do that than be elected sheriff, come back and serve the people with the utmost professionalism and honesty."

As of Tuesday, more than a week after announcing his intentions, Block had not yet filed his affidavit of candidacy or the petition bearing the required number of signatures from registered voters.

"I have to collect a bunch of signatures, at least 100, from people that reside and are eligible to vote in the county," Block told the Daily Globe Tuesday.

According to the Osceola County Auditor's Office, 38 signatures are needed to get on the Republican primary ballot, 11 needed to get on the Democratic ballot.

The numbers are based on the amount of citizens who voted in the last election.

Block said he has been out talking to people, and feels that he has a good support base.

He graduated from Sibley-Ocheyedan High school in 1998 and stated working as a jailer at the O'Brien County Sheriff's Office in 2001.

Block accepted a position as a patrolman for the Sanborn Police Department in 2002, and in January 2004 graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

He joined the Spencer Police Department in 2005, where he is currently employed.

"With my 10 years experience and knowledge of the job, I'm confident I can also perform the job cost-effectively for the people of Osceola County," his announcement letter stated.

If elected, he said, one of the things he would do as sheriff is place himself in the patrol rotation with the officers in an effort to reduce overtime costs. He said he plans to survey other counties and talk to those who don't have someone on patrol 24 hours a day. Block would like to see if they have plans that could possibly be implemented in Osceola County to reduce costs, using an officer on call to respond to "the few late night needs."

"With my experience, help from the current staff and by seeking advice from current and past sheriffs that I have professional acquaintance with, I'm confident I will get the job done right," he said.

Block and any other candidates must have their petitions and affidavits to the auditor's office by March 28, with the primary taking place June 5.

Current Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber, who is a Republican, said he does plan to run again, which means the two will face off in the primary.