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Eight sheriff’s deputies receive promotions

Updated: May 7, 2012 8:10AM

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran promoted eight deputies in a ceremony Wednesday.

“We are promoting the future of the department and these deputies are going to be the future leaders. All have a high level of integrity and true passion for the department and the job,” said Curran.

Three sergeants — Jeffrey Burke of Wadsworth, Scott Morrison of Gurnee and John Byrne of Arlington Heights — were promoted to lieutenant.

Five deputies were promoted to sergeant and include Robert Richards of Antioch, Gianni Giamberduca of Lake Zurich, Christopher Dador of Trevor, Wis., Karen Kates of Mundelein and Sara Balmes of Old Mill Creek.

Burke has been on the force since 1988 and started in Sheriff’s Office court security division. He became a certified juvenile officer in the juvenile investigations division and was promoted to sergeant in 2007. He has been a member of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force and the hostage negotiations team. The Waukegan Exchange Club named him Command Office of the Year in 2010. He has many commendations and will be assigned to the midnight shift of the highway patrol division.

Morrison began his career in 2001 in court security and then worked the midnight shift of the highway patrol division. He then joined the criminal investigations division and was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and was assigned to the afternoon shift of the patrol division before returning to investigative division. He is a certified homicide investigator and was selected as the 2009 Command Officer of the Year by the Waukegan Exchange Club. He will take over as director of training.

Byrne began in the Sheriff’s Office in 1988 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, and has served in court security, work release, the jail, highway patrol, criminal investigations, the emergency management agency and was director of training. He has been a member of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group and is the field operations commander of the tactical response team. He attended the Northwestern University Supervision of Police Personnel and Staff and Command School and will be in charge of the court security division.

“Command officers can’t be everyone’s friend,” said Curran, “It can be lonely because they are ones that are held responsible for what everyone else does.”

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