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The General Election is November 4, 2014.
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Mike Kelley for Will County Sheriff
Detective Sgt. Mike Kelley, a 25-year veteran of the Will County Sheriff's Department, is running for Will County Sheriff.
Kelley, who has worked in virtually every division within the Will County Sheriff's Department, is running as a Democrat. He announced his candidacy in his hometown of Lockport recently with a coalition of state and countywide elected officials standing by his side, among them Will County Executive Larry Walsh, State's Attorney James Glasgow, Coroner Patrick O'Neil and Circuit Clerk Pam McGuire. He was also joined by dozens of his brothers and sisters in local law enforcement with whom he has served over the past 2-1/2 decades.
Kelley, who joined the Sheriff's Department in 1988, currently serves as a sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division. He also has served as a patrol sergeant, as a Will County State's Attorney's Office investigator, in the Fugitive Warrants Division, as a deputy providing security in the Will County Courthouse and as a deputy in the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
“My goal is to raise morale and breathe new life into the Sheriff's Department by streamlining and modernizing the way we provide services to our citizens,” Kelley said. “We have many of the finest police officers in the nation working in our department, and they deserve an effective leader who has their back and will provide them with the tools they need to protect everyone in our community.”
Kelley said he will consolidate evidence storage facilities and review departmental procedures to ensure that best practices are being followed. He also vowed to put more deputies and detectives on our streets to combat the heroin epidemic that is affecting many suburban communities.
“If we're going to combat this public safety crisis, we need to work even harder to put the dealers behind bars and cut the flow of heroin into our neighborhoods” Kelley said.
Kelley acknowledged that many local governments have experienced fiscal hardships in recent years. But he noted that his background as a local elected official – he currently serves as a Lockport Township Trustee and he also served as a Lockport City Alderman as well as the Lockport Township Collector – has provided him with the experience and knowledge necessary to lead the Sheriff's Department responsibly in tight financial times.
He is a member of the Metropolitan Alliance of Police, the Illinois Homicide Investigators Association, a Moose Member, a former AFSCME #2961 Executive Board Member (Deputies Union), a former FOP Labor Council Executive Board Member (Deputies Union), and a former Metropolitan Alliance of Police #123 Executive Board Member (Supervisors Union).
Kelley also has received Departmental Awards for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service.
He has been married to his wife, Leigh, for 21 years, and they have three sons.
Watch this interview with Mike Kelley:
Chicago Tribune March 22, 2014
Sheriff: In 2010, this page urged voters to defeat Sheriff Paul Kaupas after a series of disastrous investigative foul-ups. Kaupas is retiring now. Three Democrats and two Republicans seek to replace him.
Our endorsement in the Democratic primary goes to Mike Kelley of Lockport, a detective sergeant in the criminal investigations unit of the sheriff's office and a Lockport Township trustee. He has 25 years of experience in the sheriff's office and good ideas to restructure it. He says he'll focus on an "epidemic" of heroin use among young people He is preferred over sheriff's Lt. Steve Egan of Joliet and Ed Bradley, who recently became University Park's chief of police.
On the Republican side, Ken Kaupas, the deputy chief of special operations in the sheriff's office (and a second cousin of the sheriff) faces Nick Ficarello, who retired as a deputy chief in the office in 2009. Both give us pause. Kaupas acknowledges that in 2002, when he was an Illinois State Police captain, he was suspended for 10 days on misconduct charges. Ficarello was a top supervisor during the poorly handled investigation of the 2004 murder of 3-year-old Riley Fox. Ficarello notes that he came to the job two weeks after that investigation started. Neither one offers much hope yet of a top-to-bottom shake-up. We make no endorsement in the primary but will revisit in the general election.
Click HERE to read about Mike Kelley's plans to clean up the evidence storage issues for Will County.
Click HERE to read about Mike Kelley programs that will hit hard on gang crime, child predators.
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