CHARLES CITY — Jeff Crooks, chief deputy with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, has announced he is running for sheriff this year as an independent candidate.

Crooks, 46, has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2004. He graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in April 2005.

Crooks started his career as a night patrol deputy working third shift. He then moved to the evening shift and later became an investigator.

He was promoted to chief deputy in July 2013.

“I want to keep the office moving in a positive direction and continue to educate and train the deputies to adapt to an evolving society,” he said in a press release.

Crooks also said he wants to continue working with the Floyd County Board of Supervisors on the future of the county jail.

Crooks is a 1988 graduate of Charles City High School. He attended Waldorf College from 1988-89 and received his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993.

He taught physical education and coached wrestling and football in the Pleasant Valley School District in Bettendorf.

He and his wife, Kerry, have four children.

Current Sheriff Rick Lynch is retiring at the end of December.

— Mary Pieper

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