Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart seeks reelection (Cook County, IL) – Current Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced his reelection bid today. In a social media post, Sheriff Dart stated, “With the significant increase in concerns over public safety and violence in the Chicago region, now is not the time for those of us with crucial experience and a proven track record to walk away. That’s why I’m running again for Cook County Sheriff.”
The Sheriff’s Office is broken down into several different departments: the police department, department of corrections, criminal intelligence unit, jail diversion/crime prevention, department of women’s justice services, court services, and the office of professional review. The entire sheriff’s office employs up to 6,900 people and is considered the second-largest sheriff’s department in America.
Dart has served in Illinois since the beginning of his professional career, first as an Illinois prosecutor in Cook County. He also served as Illinois State Senator for the 14th District from 1991 to 1993, then in the Illinois House of Representatives for the 28th District from 1993 to 2003. Dart has served as Cook County Sheriff since 2006. Winning his reelection bid would give him his 5th term in office. Dart holds a JD from Loyola University Chicago.
Throughout his tenure as Cook County Sheriff, Dart has made strides in mental health awareness and treatment, recidivism, and sex trafficking. TIME Magazine named Dart as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009.
In his statement, Dart continued by saying, “We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount with the time you, as voters, have chosen to give me – ensuring the jail is a safer place for staff and those ordered to custody, addressing mental illness with effective programming, being responsible with taxpayer money, and bridging the gap between the community and hardworking police officers.
Also running for Cook County Sheriff in the Democratic Primaries are Carmen Navarro-Gercone and Latonya Ruffin, who have both previously worked for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Navarro-Gercone currently works for the Cook County Circuit Court.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart seeks reelection