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  • Mike Kelley

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    Jim Reilly

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How would you work with other law enforcement agencies, from federal to municipal? How would you interact with ICE?

How would you balance the need for public safety and the need for restraint on the part of our law enforcement officers?

What can the sheriff's department do to fight the opioid crisis in Will County and implement the Illinois Opioid Action Plan?

What is the biggest need of the Sheriff's Department now and what would you do to fill that need?

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My police experience includes working at Joliet Police Department and during that tenure, my assignments included several years working for an organized crime/drug enforcement unit. This experience allowed me to be the case agent on one of Will County’s largest criminal drug conspiracy cases. We worked closely with local and federal agencies solving crimes such as murder, armed robberies, murder for hires, and many other high- profile cases including political corruption. I will bring this ability to work closely with local and federal agencies to make Will County Sheriff’s Police the county's premier agency.
My law enforcement career has been blessed with several departmental and community awards which further support my qualifications to be Will County’s next Sheriff. I was awarded “Officer of the Year” from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Joliet Police Department in 1991 and again in 1993. I was also awarded Deputy of the Year in 2016 from the Lockport Chamber of Commerce and again from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I have received over 20 Departmental Commendations, several Unit Merit Awards, and Letters of appreciation from the Illinois Attorney’s General Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration to name only a few. These departmental and community awards attest to my commitment to public safety and understanding of the need to build trust and respect with the community I serve. I will bring these same high standards to the position of Sheriff.
I plan to use my extensive narcotics background and relationships with local and federal agencies to tackle the heroin and opioid crisis head-on. I will create and introduce an in-house narcotics unit which will be specialized in combatting the heroin/opioid epidemic. My administration will work closely with federal agencies which have enhanced abilities to assist us with narcotics investigations within Will County and bordering counties. With the introduction of an in-house narcotics unit, we can concentrate on not only the dealers within Will County but also trafficking organizations who transport large-scale narcotics across our borders and into our communities.
Right now the biggest need of the Sheriff's Department is leadership. Under the current administration, there is a noticeable lack of accountability and an unacceptable culture of bullying and intimidation. My administration will select the best educated, most experienced and professional individuals to fill the upper management positions. We will work closely with every department within the Sheriff’s Police organization from Corrections, Patrol, Investigations, and Supervisors to create a working environment that is free from Administration intimidation, aggressive disciplines, and political patronage which is currently costing the Will County taxpayer’s millions of dollars. I believe our employees are our most valuable resource and I will return integrity to the Will County Sheriff’s Police agency; the citizens of Will County deserve no less.