About the Sheriff
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 eight 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 for "deadbeat parents."
The School Safety Team was implemented by Sheriff Curran during his first year of office and continues to be an integral component in securing the safety of our communities' schools through preparation, prevention, education and communication.
Prompted by an increase in opioid deaths amongst Lake County's young adults, the Sheriff's Office responded with a Special Response Team and Special Investigations Unit, charged with combating drugs, gangs and guns. In July 2015, the Lake County Sheriff's Office announced the formation of the Lake County Gang Task Force (LCGTF), a law enforcement collaborative comprised of federal and local law enforcement agencies to address the increased migration of gangs into Lake County. In addition, the Lake County Sheriff's Office is a member of the Lake County Opioid Initiative tasked with developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining a multi-strategy, county-wide effort to prevent opioid abuse, addiction, overdose and death.
Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. is committed to keeping Lake County safe.