My name is Bill Evans and I am a candidate for Cook County Sheriff in 2014.
I have been a sworn member of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for 21 years and have served in a number of capacities during my tenure. I began my career as a Cook County correctional officer and subsequently became a sheriff’s police officer in 1992. During my career as a county police officer, I have served the agency with distinction and honor, accumulating a number of department citations, awards, and letters of appreciation, as well as other distinguished honors.
As a sheriff’s police officer, I have been assigned to the patrol division, the gang crimes unit, the Hostage Barricade Terrorist Team, the Field Training Program and the Special Operations Group. I have proudly served every position from patrol officer to sergeant to lieutenant to commanding officer. I have been involved in a number of sensitive investigations, covert assignments, and nearly 1,000 critical incidents.
Additionally, I have had the honor of representing my organization as a member of the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police, The Illinois Tactical Officer’s Association, The South Suburban Emergency Response Team and the Urban Area Security Initiative. I also have written and had published a number of law enforcement articles. I have served as a consultant to local schools regarding safety matters and I have provided instruction to law enforcement officers and citizens at a local, national and international level.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology in 1989 and a master’s degree in criminal justice in 1995. I am a 2005 graduate of the prestigious Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. I am currently studying toward a second master’s degree in leadership studies.
As a former professional boxer, I now serve as a volunteer boxing coach, working primarily with children and young adults. I am also an active member of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including the Beverly Ridge Homeowner’s Association and the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. I currently serve on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for a local college. I believe it is time for a career law enforcement officer to serve as our sheriff. I am not a politician, which I believe will be a refreshing change to the citizens of Cook County.
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