Sheriff's Merit Commission


  • 1:30 p.m.
  • The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • County Building:  18 N. County Street  Waukegan, IL 60085
  • Conference Room 6E (subject to change)

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


The Lake County Sheriff, with approval from the County Board, appoints members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission to serve 6-year terms:
  • Leo C. McCann, Chairperson
  • Kenneth Kessler, Vice-Chairperson
  • Nick Gountanis., Secretary
  • Deborah L. Goldberg, Treasurer
  • Carmen Patlan, Commissioner
  • Alejandra Gonzalez, Executive Assistant


On September 14, 1965, the Lake County Board enacted an ordinance creating the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission. The Merit Commission is a quasi-judicial administrative agency. It operates independently of both the Sheriff and the County Board, administering a system along recognized principles of public employment, promotion, and discipline, as prescribed by state statute and county ordinance.

What We Do

  • The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission is charged with the screening of all applicants seeking appointment to the office of Deputy Sheriff
  • Administer written examinations for promotion within the Department
  • Conduct hearings on disciplinary charges brought before the Commission
  • Other administrative duties

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission to provide professional, high quality, and effective personnel to the Sheriff’s Office. We, the members of the Commission, believe that our work has a vital impact on the quality of life in our community. By recognizing the changing and diverse needs of the community, the Commission promotes and encourages a policy of professional individual excellence. We support an organizational climate of mutual trust and respect.
If you are interested in our lateral transfer program, please see our Rules and Regulations Article VI, 6.07 (PDF) to see if you qualify. We are accepting applications.

The Merit Commission follows the Illinois State Police POWER (physical agility) test guidelines (PDF

Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.