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Sheriff Paul J. Kaupas

Photo of Sheriff Kaupas in UniformI have been a law enforcement officer for 37 years with the last 34 years of my career serving on the Will County Sheriff's Office.

My administration will work with the community in a problem solving partnership and strive for the continuous improvement of the programs within the Sheriff's Office, and to maintain a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of Will County. Public safety has been, and will always be my primary concern.

I have attended Northwestern University's Staff and Command and earned a Bachelor's Degree from Governor's State University. In my career with the Sheriff's Office, I have worked, and been a Supervisor in nearly every area of law enforcement, including duty in the Jail, Civil Process, Warrants, Patrol, Narcotics, Gang Enforcement, Special Operations Group and Administration.

I served three years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps, and I am a decorated Vietnam Combat Veteran. I am a member of the New Lenox VFW and American Legion. One of my proudest accomplishments was in 1995, with the creation and implementation of the Will County Sheriff's Gang Suppression Unit. Since its inception, many area Police Departments now contribute manpower to the Unit. This Unit specializes in suppressing gang activity and has been responsible for hundreds of arrests and the seizure of voluminous amounts of narcotics and weapons. The Gang Unit is now at the forefront of an awareness campaign on club drugs, educating both adults and children on its' dangers.

I have been married to Barbara for 36 years and have two married daughters, JoEllen and Jana, with 5 grandchildren. We have resided in New Lenox Township since 1976.

To Contact the Sheriff's Department - Call 815.727.8798 or visit our Contact Page for more information.

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