In my capacity as your Sheriff, it is my responsibility to oversee law enforcement throughout Clinton County.
All personnel of the Clinton County Sheriff's Department are committed to maintaining a high standard of proactive law enforcement. With assistance as needed from the Illinois State Police, city and village police officers, Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources personnel, my goal is to provide a safe environment for all residents and visitors to our county.
The Clinton County Sheriff's Department provides 24-hour full service protection throughout the county. The Sheriffs Department takes pride in its facilities, equipment, and well-trained professional personnel. Linked by state-of-the-art computers and radios to all police departments within the county, the Sheriff's Department can provide or request assistance as necessary to respond to emergency situations. Education and Crime Prevention are key missions of the department. Two fully qualified D.A.R.E. instructors and the department's new "canine officer", Marco, spend countless hours working with young people in schools throughout the county.
My personal goal is to serve all citizens of Clinton County fairly and equitably. Comments and suggestions can be forwarded to my attention at any time. Visitors are welcome to visit my office in the County Jail Complex to discuss any concerns they may have. By working together, Clinton County will continue to grow and prosper as a safe, secure environment in which to live, work, and enjoy leisure time.
Court Security Deputies are responsible for the security and control of entrance, exit and to maintain order within the courtrooms and offices of the Clinton County Courthouse. Deputies assigned to the Courthouse may serve warrants - order of protection information and other general assignments as directed by the Sheriff of Clinton County.
Cell phones - recording devices - photographic devices - weapons of any type are considered contraband within the Courthouse. These types of items MUST be left outside of the courthouse with exceptions being granted only by the Sheriff or Chief Deputy (in writing) and presented to Court Security when entering. General exceptions are granted for employees of the various offices within the courthouse, Law enforcement and Attorneys in the performance of court duties. Court Security will not hold the items at the security station because of the volume of traffic within the courthouse. Proper attire should be worn when entering the courtroom.
There is no talking or gesturing to anyone while in the courtroom. This is considered disruptive behavior and the offender will be removed from the courtroom. The presiding judge is conducting the business of the court and will call the cases before the bench in the order that has been set. Remember children have a short attention span and parents should be guided accordingly.