Thank you for taking time to get to know me and the vision I have to continue in service to our community.
I am fortunate to have had a solid upbringing thanks to my parents, Jerry and Angie. My father worked in a local factory, Elco, and my mother has been employed by the Rockford Public School District since age 17. Modeling their strong work ethic, I started working at the age of 13 busing dinner tables at the Saint Ambrogio’s Club, and I’ve been working ever since.
I attended Rockford Public Schools and graduated from Jefferson High School. In 2002, I joined the United States Army at the age of 20. I was compelled to enlist by my desire to protect our American freedoms in the war on Al Qaeda after the tragic attacks on 9/11. After boot camp, I was stationed in Germany for 30 days before boarding the first plane to Iraq (just a week before the invasion.) I remember clearly waiting in HUMVEES on the boarder of Iraq for the command to execute “Operation Iraqi Freedom!” Despite my young age, I understood the greater good this mission served to secure our American way of life. After successful completion of two combat tours to Iraq over 19 months, I was selected from 3,200 soldiers to serve as personal assistant to a high-ranking commanding military officer. I was later promoted to Sergeant after just two years of service. I was tasked with deploying our brigade headquarter’s operation to Kuwait (a first since World War II.) I was honorably discharged from active Army, at which time I joined the Illinois National Guard for the next three years. I became a direct line supervisor to multiple soldiers. Service to my country would be the first stepping-stone to my goal of becoming a police officer.
When I returned to Rockford I enrolled in Rock Valley College where I am continuing my education. After being honorably discharged from the Illinois National Guard, Sheriff Richard Meyer’s hired me in 2008 as a Deputy Sheriff which is my current position. As a member of the patrol division, my responsibilities consist of investigating criminal offensives, enforcing traffic laws, and serving legal papers. I have also spent the last three summers conducting river patrol. As a member of the Winnebago County Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T), I have taken part in the successful apprehension of several violent criminals in our community.
As a life-long citizen of Winnebago County, my life has been touched in a very personal way by the violent crime that plagues our region. In 2007, my family lost a family member to murder. My cousin Nick, a 28-year-old United States Postal worker, was killed in his own home. Three young men forced their way into his home as he napped on his couch. Sleeping, helpless and defenseless, they pulled out a gun and shot him in his head. The Rockford Police worked tirelessly for three days straight resulting in the arrest of the three criminals for this senseless murder.
Although my family didn’t think we could handle another tragedy, on October 1, 2011, my friends and I became victims of yet another armed robbery. While I was off-duty, placing my dinner order at Marie’s Pizza in Rockford, IL, I suddenly found myself in the way of imminent danger. We were being threatened with a handgun inches from my face and being rammed into my friend’s chest. We were thankful to walk away with our lives that night.
What I want to do with the rest of my life is to eliminate moments like these for my family, for you, and for those who live in and visit Winnebago County. As Sheriff of Winnebago County, I promise to serve you with the honor, pride, and commitment necessary to make our community a safer place for all to enjoy. Sincerely,
Winnebago County Sheriff Candidate
“The next generation of leadership”