Will Co. cop to seek Dem nod for sheriff
By Brian Stanley email@example.com August 29, 2013 4:43PM
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:35AM
WILL COUNTY — A Will County sheriff’s police officer who challenged the current sheriff in the Republican primary election three years ago will try for the Democratic nomination next spring.
Lt. Steve Egan said Thursday he’s running again because “things have not changed” since his 2010 primary challenge to Sheriff Paul Kaupas.
“We need to cut wasteful spending and use that revenue to give deputies more resources to do their jobs,” Egan said. “We need more deputies on the street and less sitting behind desks in cushy jobs that has become known as the ‘friends-and-family plan’ of hiring.”
Kaupas, a three-term incumbent, will retire next year.
Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas, the sheriff’s second cousin, and retired sheriff’s officer Nick Ficarello have announced their plans to seek the Republican nomination in March.
Egan will compete against retired sheriff’s officer Ed Bradley and sheriff’s police Sgt. Mike Kelley in the Democratic primary.
“I bring more years of experience and have worked in all aspects of the department,” Egan said. “As a shift commander I’m in touch with the deputies and know the problems firsthand.”
Before Egan joined the sheriff’s police, the lifelong Joliet resident was a Joliet police officer for 15 years, four with the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad. During his 23 years with the county, Egan has been a supervisor at the jail and in internal affairs.
Egan announced his candidacy as “a cop, not a politician” and had several current and retired police officers standing with him during the announcement, including former sheriff’s police union president Steve Hunter, retired Frankfort Chief Darryl Sanders and Braidwood Police Chief Rich Girot. Sanders and Girot have run for sheriff in past elections.
“Last time my friends, like Rich, were already on the Democrat ticket, but (Paul) Kaupas was unopposed. It was un-American so that’s why I ran (as a Republican),” Egan said.
He said switching political parties should not adversely impact his candidacy.
“We’re cops first,” Egan said. “These guys standing with me today get it.”