Just one day after the County Democratic Committee endorsed another candidate, the current St. Clair County coroner announced that he is not seeking re-election at the end of his term.
Rick Stone’s 34-year career as St. Clair County coroner will come to an end next year.
Instead of endorsing the incumbent, the Democratic Committee chose to stand behind Calvin Dye, retired Illinois State Police trooper.
“I think they made a wonderful decision,” said Stone. “I was certainly part of that. I’ve had a great run, and it’s time to move on to other things. I’ve been in the public eye for a long time and it’s time for me to see my grandchildren grown up. I’d like to spend some quality time with them."
Dye, 67, was raised in East St. Louis, and has a 40-year long career in public service. After retiring from the state police in 2003, he was rehired to investigate Medicaid fraud. Following his investigation, he was hired as the assistant chief of bailiffs for St. Clair County and East St. Louis. He then began assisting with prosecution for the St. Clair County state attorney.
He currently lives in Caseyville where he serves as chairman of the Metro East Police District Commission. He and his wife have three children. His son is a state policeman.
“This is a great career move for me at this point in my life,” Dye said. “I believe I can enhance the professionalism in the coroner’s office.”
"He’s a top-notch investigator, and will continue the quality of work that this office has maintained throughout the years,” said Stone.
The primary election is in March 2016. The general election is in November.