The first 90 days of my service as Sheriff will be vital to laying the groundwork of a better, more efficient Sheriff's Office. I will:
During my first four years as Sheriff, I plan to focus on five primary goals.
Law enforcement is a rewarding, but extremely stressful career. The men and women who wear the badge deserve to be supported and respected. My goal will be to build a sheriff’s department where highly qualified officers choose to remain for their career because they feel valued.
There are more than 22,000 citizens in beautiful Shelby County. My goal is to ensure that all of them feel safe when they are on the roads or in their homes. By working with department leaders to maintain effective scheduling and a balanced budget, I will see that every area of our county is served by their Sheriff's Office.
I believe that our county would benefit from having highly trained and well qualified investigators in the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. One of my goals is to explore the fiscal, staffing, and training requirements to implement the creation of such a department.
In 1999, fewer than 500 people died of opioid overdoses in Illinois. In the late 90s, OxyContin had cost hundreds of lives in Illinois, but the crisis didn’t cost the number of lives that it would 20 years later. By 2017, over 2,200 people in Illinois lost their lives from opioids. The deadly drugs included heroin, prescription opiates, fentanyl, or a combination of them. Statistics gathered by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) show that opioids are a major problem throughout Illinois, not just in the Chicago area. I believe that our county and its citizens would benefit from the Sheriff's Office returning to the ECIDT.
More important than any fiscal goal is the goal of leading a Sheriff's office that operates with integrity and open communication in order to ensure a safe county for every citizen. I am committed to leading in this way with the help and support of the dedicated men and women of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.