The Latest: Buffett son sworn in as Illinois county sheriff

DECATUR, Ill. - The Latest on Howard Buffett's rise to Macon County sheriff's office (all times local):

6:16 p.m.

Howard Buffett, a son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has been sworn in as interim sheriff of Macon County in central Illinois.

Dozens of friends and family were in attendance Friday when Howard Buffett was sworn in by Macon County Circuit Judge A.G. Webber. He will begin full-time duties immediately and continue until a new sheriff is elected next fall.

Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider, a Democrat who has served as sheriff since 2008, announced in April that he would not seek re-election. He said in a statement Friday that he was retiring early.

The Macon County seat is Decatur, about 170 miles (273.58 kilometres) southwest of Chicago. Buffett's foundation has contributed more than $55 million in the region over the past two decades.

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12:04 p.m.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's son is to become the interim sheriff of Macon County in central Illinois.

Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider said in a Friday statement that he is retiring early ahead of an election next fall for his replacement. Howard Buffett has been a Macon County undersheriff since September 2014 and has completed more than 3,300 hours of patrol and training. He said in the same news release that he looks forward to serving "in a broader capacity."

Buffett is to be sworn in to office Friday afternoon. Officials say he's to immediately begin full-time office hours as sheriff.

The Macon County seat is Decatur, about 170 miles (273.58 kilometres) southwest of Chicago. Buffett's foundation has contributed more than $55 million in the region over the past two decades.


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