Dear Editor:
For many years the “Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Department” (LEJA) at WIU has been recognized as one of the very top law enforcement departments in the country. One of the candidates for McDonough County Sheriff is a graduate of the LEJA program. That candidate is Chief Deputy Nick Petitgout.
While we all are familiar with the concept of “law enforcement,” we may tend to overlook the last two words in that department’s title.
The word “justice” means moral rightness,equity. Simply speaking, treating all equal no matter what side of the tracks they lived on. As Sheriff of McDonough County Nick Petitgout will be firm and fair. He respects all and will treat all with dignity.
The word “administration” means the management of any institution, public or private. That is the person that provides the leadership for the institution to accomplish its mission. Nick Petitgout has already established this ability as our Chief Deputy with his supervision of 35 employees and all of the duties that come with his promotion to that position.
When I met Nick Petitgout 14 years ago at WIU it was obvious that education was and would continue to be a priority in his life. He is indeed a professional law enforcement officer dedicated to the fair and equal administration of justice. I am proud that he is one of our LEJA graduates.
I encourage everyone to vote for Nick Petitgout.

Stan Cunningham, Ph.D.
Faculty Emeritus, Department of Law Enforcement Administration, Western Illinois University