Kendall’s Sheriff Randall won’t seek an eighth term
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org October 31, 2013 5:32PM
Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall
Updated: December 2, 2013 12:48PM
YORKVILLE — As it turns out, seven terms will be enough for Sheriff Richard Randall.
The longest-serving sheriff in Kendall County history announced Thursday he would decline to run for another term.
Randall had left the door open to filing for an eighth term, but said Thursday he would step down when his current term ends Nov. 30, 2014. At that point, he will have served 28 years as Kendall County sheriff, and 46 years in law enforcement.
“It was a difficult decision to make, and I left the door open for a long time,” Randall said in a statement. “I guess what made it hard is that I still enjoy the job, the employees of the Sheriff’s Office and the residents of Kendall County just as much as I did my first day in office.”
During his time as sheriff, Randall also got involved in all kinds of law enforcement and community efforts. Through his longtime friendship and association with former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, also a Kendall County resident, Randall got involved with national security committees.
He often said his toughest day in office was Sept. 11, 2001, when America was attacked in New York City and Washington, D.C. He had to immediately make security decisions based on having the family of the U.S. Speaker of the House in the county, without knowing just what the breadth of the attack on the country was.
He has worked on boards for such agencies as the Kendall County Historical Society, and for Public Action to Deliver Shelter, or PADS, to aid the county’s homeless.
He also was instrumental in establishing KenCom, the county’s emergency dispatch system.
Despite Randall’s departure, there still will be plenty of action in the 2014 sheriff’s race. Three candidates have announced they will file for the Republican nomination for sheriff.
Oswego Police Chief Dwight Baird and Plano Police Chief Steve Eaves announced a while ago they would run. Just this week, Oswego resident Jeff Christiansen announced he also would run. Christiansen and his wife run a non-profit agency called Celebrate Differences, and he also serves as a DuPage County Sheriff’s Department deputy, and an adjunct criminal justice professor at Aurora University.