I was born and raised in Metamora IL, central Woodford County. In 1996 my career started at the Woodford County Sheriff’s Department. I attended both the Police Training Institute Corrections Academy as well as the Police Training Institute Police Academy-graduating both in the top five. During my time at the WCSD I performed several functions: corrections, court security, prisoner extraditions, and patrol. In 2003 I was awarded Woodford County Deputy of the Year. I served as WCSD FOP President and took an active role in serving on several political campaigns for both local and state officials.
In 2004 I took employment with the Peoria Police Department. I served as a patrol officer in the cities most violent district. In 2007 I was then assigned to the Criminal Investigation Unit-Violent Crime as a detective. While working in this capacity, I investigated cases such as criminal sexual assaults, robberies, suspicious deaths and homicides. I took part in over 100 homicide cases and hundreds of death scene cases. My homicide clearance rate was over eighty percent, and I specialized in cold case murders, reopening and solving dozens. These cases were high profile cases and one even featured nationally on Dateline NBC.
I requested and got assigned in 2016 as a violent crime detective working through the Children’s Advocacy Center. There I specialized in extreme crimes against children. The typical case load was child rape cases, death, and extreme physical abuse. In the fall of 2018 I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, which I currently hold.
During my time in law enforcement I have received extensive training and skills in the following: Medicolegal Death Investigation, Homicide and Death Scene, Forensic Pathology, Arson Investigation, Sexual Assault and Deviance, Child Exploitation and Abuse, Aquatic Deaths, Elderly Abuse, Psychological Narrative Analysis, PTSD, Mental Health, Suicide Awareness and Prevention. My expertise is in interview and interrogation as well as child forensic interviewing.
In 2016, I wrote the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. This bill was introduced and lobbied for until signed into law in 2019. I also testified and lobbied for several police related issues including pension issues. In 2020 I was appointed to the Illinois Police Officers Pension Investment Fund. My appointment was endorsed by the police unions and made by the Governor’s office. Once on the board I was appointed Chairperson, a position which I currently hold. I also assisted in the development of the Saving Blue Lives training, which I instruct.
I have served in several leadership capacities: Vice President Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, Chair of the IPOPIF, President of the Peoria Police Pension Fund, Chair the of the Peoria Police PAC Committee, Legislative Chair of the IPPFA, Central Illinois Fatality Review Team, Crime Stopper Coordinator, and Central Illinois Arson Investigation Association. I have held union leadership positions in both PBPA and FOP.
In addition, I received PPD Officer of the Year 2010, Meritorious Service Award 2018, 5 Distinguished Service Awards, as well as several letters of commendation. I was awarded the IPPFA Person of the Year for my work on the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act in 2019.