Coroner’s office investigator announces run for sheriff
By Frank Abderholden email@example.com September 26, 2013 11:24AM
Updated: November 26, 2013 3:38AM
An investigator for the Lake County Coroner’s Office has announced he will run for sheriff in the March Democratic primary to challenge Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran in 2014.
Jason Patt, 35, of Zion is making his first run for office because he said Curran has engaged in theatrics and chased headlines in an attempt at fame. Patt said he has pushed an extreme political agenda instead of prioritizing public safety.
“He has lost the trust and respect of his own department and has bullied his entire staff long enough,” said Patt.
“The employees of the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Lake County have had enough of Mark Curran’s outlandish behavior and are in need of immediate change. We need a professional, experienced sheriff who has focused his life and career on public safety and not politics,” he said.
Patt, who has served in the U.S. Navy, including a tour in Iraq, said he has had over 1,000 hours of specialized law enforcement training. He worked as a military patrolman with the Great Lakes Police Department at Naval Station Great Lakes. He also worked as a corrections officer for Lake County Sheriff’s Office
“Lake County needs a sheriff who is focused on law enforcement issues, who has been on the front lines, and who understands what the brave men and women working everyday helping to protect the community and keeping it safe on a daily basis go through,” he said.
“We need new leadership in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. We need a smarter approach to today’s challenges,” said Patt.
Donations can be made to: Citizens for Jason Patt, P.O. Box 1045, Waukegan, IL 60079. Patt can be reached at Jasonpattforsheriff.com, on Twitter at @pattforsheriff and on Facebook at Jason Patt for Lake County Sheriff.