Democratic Party leaders decide Saturday whether an insider or an outsider can restore the Lake County Sheriff's Department to good repute. Six active and retired law enforcement officials and two civilians seek command of a law enforcement agency with the responsibility to protect all of the county's 485,000 residents, supervise 475 county police, corrections officers and civilian employees, the county jail and a $32 million-a-year budget. A U.S. District Court jury convicted and removed former Sheriff John Buncich Aug. 25 on bribery and wire fraud charges that he took illegal kickbacks from towing firms seeking more lucrative work. The next election for sheriff doesn't take place until 2018. State law gives Buncich's political party the authority to name his replacement until then. More than 500 precinct committee members are to gather Saturday in Crown Point to choose a new sheriff from among their ranks. Who do you want to be named as Lake County sheriff? Vote here. (Note: Wally DeRose entered the race too late to be added to this poll.)

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