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John Brown announces run for Sheriff


With careful consideration for my family, friends, and career as a law enforcement officer, I am officially announcing as a Republican Candidate for the Office of Sheriff of Champaign County.

I seek the office based on my 31 years of law enforcement training and experience, which includes 21 years of supervisory and leadership experience. In 2020, I retired as a lieutenant at the University of Illinois Police Department after 30 years of service. I am currently the Deputy Chief of Police for the Village of Tolono.

I have a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice Education and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Administration of Justice with a specialization in Law Enforcement and a secondary concentration in Corrections Management. I am a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University.

During the past ten years of my law enforcement career, I have also served Champaign County as the Public Administrator and Public Guardian. In these roles, I work with disabled adults and administer estates in probate and have developed good working relationships with many local attorneys, judges, and social service organizations. Additionally, I am the Mayor of the Village of Savoy; as such, I am the chief executive officer and responsible for the overall management and operation of the village. Prior to my election as Mayor, I served many years as a Village Trustee and volunteer firefighter.

With violent crime on the rise, law enforcement under attack, a planned $20 million jail expansion and serious staffing and morale issues at the Champaign County Jail, it is more important than ever that Champaign County elect a qualified Sheriff with the training and experience required for the position.

I am 54 years of age and was raised in Rantoul, the son of three-term Champaign County Sheriff Joseph Brown; brother of Village of Rantoul Chief of Police Tony Brown; and brother of Village of Mahomet Administrator Patrick Brown. I married Margaret Curtis of Mahomet and we have two children and two grandchildren. My wife and I moved to Savoy with our family in 2002. We are members of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Champaign.

John P. Brown
31 years of Law Enforcement Training and Experience