GENEVA – Kane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sgt. Kevin Tindall stood on the steps of the Kane County Government Center on May 22 and formally announced his campaign for sheriff.
Tindall said he would seek the Republican nomination to run in November 2018.
With about 50 family, friends and supporters in attendance, Tindall, 51, of Sugar Grove, recounted his time as a paramedic and firefighter, then transitioned to the sheriff’s department in 1990.
Tindall said he used his education and skills to become one of the three founding members of the Fire Investigation Task Force in October 2000, bringing fire and police agencies together to investigate fires.
“Since its inception in 2000, it has a 100 percent success rate in convictions,” Tindall said of the task force. “It continues to this day.”
As sheriff, Tindall said he would continue to work with the emergency medical and fire services.
“Working with the [Kane] County Board is the other reason that I’m here,” Tindall said. “I’ve worked with these other agencies and have a great partnership, and I wanted to continue that with the County Board.”
Tindall described his leadership style as that of a servant leader, recognizing that “personnel is our greatest asset at the sheriff’s office.”
“I want to lead, but I want to serve the people of the department,” Tindall said. “I can help them do their job, and they can help me do my job. … You have to treat your people good and with respect. Give them the training, give them the tools and get out of the way.”
Tindall said, as sheriff, he would continue to address the heroin problem in the county, noting that in the U.S., 91 people die every day from opioid overdose.
“I know that the heroin problem is definitely an issue,” Tindall said.
Tindall’s campaign platform includes community risk reduction; identifying issues for churches, schools and businesses in unincorporated areas; and helping them with their security plans.
“Reduce the risk, eliminate the risk or – at least – identify the risk,” Tindall said.
Tindall is the third deputy to announce an intention to run for sheriff in Kane County. Lt. Willie Mayes of Aurora and Sgt. Ron Hain of Sugar Grove both seek the Democratic nomination.