Sheriff Mark Curran talks about fiscal accountability
Sheriff Curran is a graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama with a degree in Business Administration and a graduate from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Juris Doctor in Law.
He began his law enforcement career serving as an intern in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1988 and became an Assistant Lake County State’s Attorney’s in 1990. While serving as a Senior Felony Prosecutor, Curran was recruited by Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan. Curran was promoted to Chief of the Gang Crimes Bureau, charged with prosecuting street gangs, holding seminars on fighting gangs and serving as editor of a statewide law enforcement-focused newsletter. In addition, Curran represented the Director of the Illinois State Police in employment hearings and the Illinois Department of Corrections in civil lawsuits.
He served as a highly respected litigator in private practice from 2002 until 2006 and he received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating in ethics and ability. In addition, Curran taught both Business Law and Criminal Justice at Columbia College of Missouri.
Sheriff Curran is a graduate of the Career Prosecutor Academy in Houston, Texas and the Suburban Law Enforcement Police Academy in DuPage County, Illinois. Sheriff Curran also graduated from the Illinois Chiefs of Police First Time Chief’s Conference and the National Sheriff’s Association First Term Sheriff’s Conference.
Sheriff Curran was also selected by the Publication “Super Lawyers” as one of the top lawyers in the state of Illinois in 2006 and continues to serve on numerous boards at the local, state and national levels.
Since taking office, the Sheriff implemented numerous budgetary changes to ensure fiscal responsibility. For eleven consecutive years, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s expenditures were under budget. In addition, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office worked closely with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office to reduce the number of outstanding warrants to the lowest level since 2005.
The School Safety Team was implemented by Sheriff Curran during his first year of office and is an integral component in securing the safety of our communities’ schools through preparation, prevention, education and communication. In 2018, the School Safety Team was renamed the Community Safety Team and expanded preparedness training to houses of worship and businesses.
Prompted by a growing epidemic of Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) in Lake County, the Sheriff’s Office responded with the following enforcement, education, harm reduction and diversion initiatives:
Formation of the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force. The Gang Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional task force with federal and local law enforcement members charged with investigating gang activity including drug, gun and human trafficking and gang and drug education services to schools, civic organizations and other interested groups.
Administration of the opioid reversal drug Naloxone to save lives. In 2017, Lake County Sheriff’s personnel saved 32 individual lives using Naloxone compared to 13 saves in 2016.
Partnering with the Lake County Health Department and T.A.S.C. to offer opioid addicted Jail inmates the Vivitrol MAT treatment program in the jail.
Partnering with the Lake County Health Department and T.A.S.C. to provide Naloxone training to Jail inmates. Naloxone-trained inmates receive a free dose of Naloxone upon release.
Participation in the ‘A Way Out’ law enforcement pre-arrest diversion program in July, 2017. In 2017, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to 7 individuals seeking addiction services and connected them to local services. As of February 2018, 8 individuals seeking addiction were connected to services.
Participating member of the Lake County Opioid Initiative charged with developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining a multi-strategy, county-wide effort to prevent opioid abuse, addiction, overdose and death.