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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

Savoy village president looking to follow in father's footsteps as Champaign County sheriff

URBANA — More than three decades after his late father left office as Champaign County sheriff, Savoy Village President John Brown has begun circulating petitions to run for sheriff himself.

Brown, a Republican, said Wednesday he’s “99 percent” sure he will run and has already let current Democratic Champaign County Sheriff Dustin Heuerman know, as a courtesy.

- via The News-Gazette

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