Franklin County Crime Stoppers has elected Frank Guilfoyle, Rantoul, as its new president.
Guilfoyle joined Crime Stoppers in 2003 and has previously served as a board member and vice chair in 2013. He recently was elected as president by the organization’s board members, Guilfoyle said.
Along with his Crime Stoppers duties, Guilfoyle works full-time for the state, plugging oil and gas wells in a 32-county district.
Crime Stoppers also is looking to fill two or three positions on the organization’s board, which typically consists of 12 members. Guilfoyle said the current board members are inviting those interested in a position to a board meeting to learn about the organization and its activities. Afterward, if the guest is still interested, the board potentially would vote to let the guest join as a board member.
“If everyone thinks it’s a good fit, they will be put on,” Guilfoyle said. “We let them have the opportunity to attend a meeting to understand what we do.”
Along with board members, the organization has advisers from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Ottawa Police Department and the Wellsville Police Department. Guilfoyle said advisers do not partake in board actions, such as voting on issues.
Guilfoyle said Crime Stoppers’ main objective is to raise money to help pay tipsters who help law enforcement solve crimes. Tips go through a relay service in Texas to help keep the anonymity of the tipsters, and then the information is relayed to the proper law enforcement agency.
To raise money, he said, the organization plays host to fundraisers or finds sponsors in the community — individuals or businesses — that will help fund the program.