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About Mike Kelley
Mike Kelley is a lifelong resident of Lockport and has dedicated his life and career to public service. Mike has served on numerous city and township boards and held elected positions in Lockport prior to becoming Sheriff of Will County. Raising his three sons, with his recently deceased wife, Leigh, they volunteered their time in supporting local sports organizations, especially Lockport High School Football, and several Will County non-profit organizations.
Mike is a 34-year veteran of the Will County Sherif’s Office and was elected as Sheriff of Will County in 2014.
Sheriff Kelley began his career as a deputy and served as a patrol deputy, a deputy in the Will County Adult Detention
Facility, in the Will County Courthouse, in the Fugitive Warrants Unit, and as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations
Unit and served as an investigator for the Will County State’s Attorneys Office. Mike returned to patrol for a short time
and was promoted to Sergeant in 2007.
During Sheriff Kelley’s 34 years of continued service to the department, he has been recognized for his dedication and hard work. He has received the Sheriff’s Office Distinguished Service Award and Meritorious Service Award. In 2017, he was acknowledged by the Illinois Crime Commission as “Sheriff of the Year”.
Sheriff Kelley is very proud of the many accomplishments and changes he and his staff have made over the past eight years as Sheriff. He looks forward to the challenges that may lie ahead and to continue serving the residents of Will County.
Since becoming the Will County Sheriff in 2014, Sheriff Kelley has accomplished the following:
Added five new drug detection canines
Consolidated 50,000 pieces of evidence into one location
Implemented programs to increase transparency and integrity of the department members
Saved hundreds of thousands by bringing foreclosures in house and no longer paying these fees to a private law firm
Modernized patrol scheduling to increase coverage without increasing costs
Taking a proactive approach to the opioid crisis by implementing the Will County Sheriff's Office Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Started a Drug Enforcement Interdiction Team
Proactive approach to school violence by implementing a training program for the entire department in "active shooter response"