The Office of Macon County Sheriff will strive to serve the community with a highly motivated, professional staff that will treat everyone with respect and courtesy. Our agency will provide a safe environment by preserving the peace and enforcing our government's laws. Our men and women, through community service, will work diligently to ensure that Macon County will be a better place to live for everyone.
I graduated from Pana High School, Pana, Illinois in 1984. I then attended Western Illinois University, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement administration and a minor in political science/public administration. I am also a graduate of the Lincoln Land Police Training Academy, where I was our academy class treasurer in addition, I am a graduate of the FBI's National Academy, earning undergraduate and graduates credits from the University of Virginia, Quantico, Virginia session #258.
I am married to the former Kelly Grotts. We were married in September of 1988 in Pana, Illinois. We have three children; Jonathan "Luke" of Lake Forest, Illinois, Taylor, a senior at Western Illinois University, and Madison, a student at Warrensburg-Latham middle school. One daughter, Payton Michelle is deceased. Our family resides in Warrensburg, I have been involved in coaching several school teams and youth league teams over the years and am an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a Western Illinois University Leathernecks fan, and a St. Louis Rams fan.
I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Macon County with integrity, hard work, honesty and professionalism.
The Macon County Sheriff's Office was founded in 1829 with William Warnick serving as the first Sheriff. Sheriff Warnick was a personal friend of young Abe Lincoln when the Lincoln family lived in the general area of Warnick's tavern.
Macon County elected the first African-American Sheriff in Illinois with the election of Roger E. Walker Jr. in 1998. Today, our agency takes pride in the many services we provide the citizens and we are a pro-active force within the community. Please explore our website so that you can learn more about one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country.
It is a true privilege to serve the citizens of Macon County and the Macon County Sheriff's Office as their Administrative Lieutenant. My law enforcement and public safety service career began in August of 1989 as a patrol deputy. Since then, I have held a variety of positions including residential patrol deputy, juvenile investigations detective, patrol sergeant, court security supervisor, assistant jail administrator, patrol shift lieutenant, patrol division commander and chief of investigation. I am also our office's internship coordinator, as well as overseeing our office's motorcycle unit.