DuPage County provides services to residents that help maintain our quality of life, making DuPage County a great place to live, work and raise a family.
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Sheriff Zaruba is a lifelong resident of DuPage County.He has been a member of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office since 1974, was appointed Sheriff in April of 1997 and elected to the office in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 by the citizens of DuPage County.He has worked in all facets of the office, including corrections, court security, law enforcement, internal affairs, accreditation and planning and research.
Throughout the years Sheriff Zaruba has brought many innovative programs to the people of DuPage County including numerous countywide services and initiatives.
As an advocate for crime victims, he implemented several victim assistance programs to protect victims of abuse and other violent crimes.
He created the position of Neighborhood Liaison Officer to work directly with residents and address their needs.
He also pioneered the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program (S.W.A.P) and the national award winning Sheriff's Work Camp which reduces offender recidivism.
Office of Professional Standards and Conduct, the SR-22 Unit; the Community Resource Unit; and a media relations office.
He began the Guardian and Cell Link programs to help ensure the safety of seniors citizen, and developed the idea behind the First Step program to assist parents who fear their child may be abusing drugs.
Sheriff Zaruba also started SPEAR (Sexual Predator Enforcement, Apprehension and Registration team) a multi-jurisdictional team that regularly checks on sexual offenders living in the county to make sure they are complying with the Illinois Sex Offenders Registration Act.
The Sheriff also implemented VINE and Offendertrack for DuPage County and initiated them statewide.
Sheriff Zaruba has a Master's degree in criminal justice from Lewis University, a Bachelor's degree in law enforcement administration from Western Illinois University and an Associate of Science degree from the College of DuPage.He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, Illinois Law Enforcement Executive Institute and the National Sheriff's Institute.
The Sheriff also serves as the custodian of the courthouse and warden of the corrections facility, and heads the only county Crime Lab in the State of Illinois.
Community and Law Enforcement Partnerships
Sheriff Zaruba was awarded the Liberty Bell Award by the DuPage County Bar Association and was named "Illinois Law Enforcement Chief of the Year" in 1998 by the Illinois State Crime Commission.In addition to his professional work, Sheriff Zaruba is actively involved in the leadership of several community organizations:
The BGA filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba for failing to turn over, under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, documents showing how his teenaged son used a confidential law enforcement data system through the sheriff's office.
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John Zaruba, Sheriff, DuPage County, IllinoisSheriff Zaruba began his career at the Sheriff's Office in 1974 working in virtually every area of the office, including law enforcement, corrections, court security, planning and research, internal affairs and accreditation.He served as Undersheriff from 1989 until April of 1997 when he was appointed as DuPage County Sheriff.He was elected as Sheriff in November 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.Sheriff Zaruba has brought many innovative programs to DuPage County.As an advocate for crime victims, he has focused on combating domestic violence by implementing programs to protect the victims of this and other violent crimes.His commitment to problem solving policing is demonstrated by his organization of a special unit focused on developing long-term relationships with county residents.
He has provided new services such as the Guardian, Cell Link, and First Step Programs to address the needs of senior citizens, families and youth.
Sheriff Zaruba's partnerships with municipal police departments have resulted in several county-wide initiatives to fight gang crime and illegal drugs, and his implementation of cost saving programs in the jail have saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
Sheriff Zaruba is also a leader in Homeland Security serving as the co-chairman of Region 4 of the Illinois Alarm Systems Board (ILEAS), is the past President of the National Sheriff's Association and is the current president of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association.
Tom briefed and argued against multiple summary judgment motions, as well as the subsequent appeal of the trial Court's rulings before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (as reported June Franklin, et al v. John Zaruba, DuPage County Sheriff, et al., 150 F.3d 682 (7th 1998).
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