Chad McDonald has officially filed as a Democratic candidate for the office of Sheriff in Audrain County.
McDonald, age 40, is in his ninth year of service with the Mexico Public Safety Department. He’s been married to his wife Debbie (Cuno) McDonald, an R.N., for 13 years.
He said he adopted her two boys shortly after they were married and they also have a daughter together. The couple lives three miles north of Mexico in rural Audrain County.
“Mexico has become home over the past 15 years I have lived here with my family,” he said. “Through my work in the public I have met many of Mexico’s citizens and believe it to be a great place to live and raise a family. I will, however, never forget my roots in eastern Audrain County being raised by my parents Carol (Graves) and Raymond McDonald on our family’s farm, eight miles south of Vandalia. My grandmother McDonald’s family settled in Audrain County in April 1854, making me the sixth generation to live here.”
During his 14 years of law enforcement service, McDonald has held the positions of Chief Jailer, Reserve Deputy, Commissioned Road Deputy, and City Police Officer.
He is also a member of the NRA and an NRA firearms instructor for his department. Some of his education includes graduating from Van-Far in 1993 and graduating from the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute in 1996.
“I will utilize this experience to serve all the citizens of Audrain County as Sheriff,” McDonald said. “Sheriff (Stuart) Miller is leaving us with a well established Sheriff’s department that gives good service to Audrain County. It is my desire to keep that level of service and only improve upon it as we go into the future.”
“With your support I will make sure Audrain County has a firm yet fair Sheriff that understands how people want to be treated. The law only works if it has the faith and trust of the people. Help me become your representative of that faith and trust by supporting me during this year’s election.”