Brad Phegley

Chief Deputy Coroner Brad Phegley announced he is running for Shelby County Coroner.

Brad Phegley, the current Chief Deputy Coroner, is running for the office of Shelby County Coroner in the 2020 election.

Brian Green, who has been the Shelby County Coroner for 38 years, is not running in the next election. Therefore, Phegley, who has served as the Chief Deputy Coroner for Brian Green for 8 years, is running for the office.

Citing his experience and background in law enforcement, Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner is officially announcing today, September 10, that he will be running for Shelby County Coroner in the upcoming 2020 election.

Brad Phegley says he is running for Coroner, because he wants to give back to the community that has given so much to him over the years.

“The office of Coroner is not about politics,” Phegley said. “It is about providing an important service to the people of Shelby County. I have taken those calls in the middle of the night. I am the right person for the job, not just because of my experience as Chief Deputy Coroner, but also because of my many years in law enforcement.”

Phegley, 62, worked nearly 27 years for the Illinois State Police and 15 of those years was spent working investigations. In addition, he served two and a half years as a Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy and for the last eight years, he has served as the Chief Deputy Coroner in Shelby County.

“When that phone rings at 3 am, experience matters,” Phegley said. “My pledge to the people of Shelby County is to do the job with the same kind of hard work and professionalism I have provided in my more than 30 years in law enforcement.”

In law enforcement, as the chief deputy coroner of Shelby County Phegley says he has investigated, handled, or assisted with countless death investigations. he says, that’s why Brian Green asked him to take the appointment as chief deputy.

When Green has been away, Phegley has already served in the capacity, temporarily, as the coroner would.

“The people in the county deserve someone who knows the business and the investigative experience to run the office,” Phegley said.

Phegley is a United States Army Veteran. He graduated from Shelbyville High School and he has an associates degree from Lake Land College. He is a Master Mason and Shriner and he is a member of Windsor Christian Church in Windsor.

Tom Coventry is also running for Shelby County Coroner as a Democrat. Neither one is opposed for the primary election in March and are set to run against each other in the General Election in 2020.

Illinois State Representative (102nd District-R) Brad Halbrook was travelling with Phegley throughout the area on Tuesday. They were headed towards Sullivan after meeting at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Shelbyville early Tuesday morning.

The Primary Election is March 17, 2020. Phegley is running as a Republican.

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