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Candidate for Kane County Sheriff
Who Is Don Kramer...


In 1979 Don started his career with the
Kane County Sheriff’s Office:

  • First eight years he was distinguished as a top performer in traffic enforcement, domestic dispute resolution, and juvenile mentoring
  • Obtained his associate’s degree in business administration from Waubonsee Community College taking night classes
  • Promoted to sergeant in 1986
  • Assigned to command a shift in the county jail
    • Dealt with difficult inmates and limited staffing
    • Learned to handle crisis situations
  • Earned his second associates degree from Waubonsee Community College in criminal justice
  • Assigned to the patrol division in 1990
  • During that first year, wrote an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) traffic safety grant AND created the first traffic unit, which resulted in:
    • Paid the wages of two officers
    • The traffic unit accomplishing:
      • 20% improvement of seatbelt usage
      • Increased DUI enforcement
      • Significantly reduced fatal and injury vehicle crashes
    • The unit being recognized by IDOT with the 1998 Drive Safe Award and by the National Sheriff’s Association as one of the top three safety programs in the country
  • Don received the Department Leadership Award (1998)
  • Recognized by the National Sheriff’s Association for leadership in traffic safety in both 1999 and 2000
  • Received his Bachelor’s Degree from Aurora University in 1991
  • Received his Master’s from Chicago State University in 1995
  • Obtained a Safe Communities grant in 1999 on behalf of the Kane County Task Force on Drinking and Driving
  • Directed the grant and worked with police departments in Carpentersville, East and West Dundee, Elgin, South Elgin, St Charles, Geneva, Elburn, Sugar Grove, and Aurora coordinating DUI enforcement
  • Involved in Kane County Safe Kids helping to promote child safety seats, child ID cards for lost or missing children, and helmet safety for biking, skating, and boarding
  • Don was promoted to lieutenant and put in charge of the computer network and department training after the department received a grant to upgrade the network and add mobile laptop computers in 2002
  • Obtained his certification in network administration
  • Coordinated with Kane County IT in replacing all desktop computers, linking the mobile laptops, training users on the new field-reporting program, and maintaining the system
  • Completed a management certificate from the school of staff and command from Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, earning the highest class average, and earning certificates in training management and human resource management
  • He returned to patrol operations supervising a shift and overseeing the new recruit program
  • Authored a Justice Assistance Grant that resulted in an electronic firearms range being installed in the new Sheriff’s Office facility
  • In 2006 Don was appointed the community policing lieutenant for Central Kane County
  • Developed an improved Neighborhood Watch program and created a Crime Alerts Notification network with two fellow lieutenants
  • Collaborated with the Office of Regional Education to develop a school safety protocol
  • Given the Department Leadership Award again in 2008
  • Appointed the civil enforcement lieutenant in 2009 and began working on improving the service rate for civil contempt warrants for child support and small claims…. also included in his duties was the overseeing of the service of orders of protection and the execution of evictions which required extensive use of diplomacy, tact, and understanding
  • Public Safety Consultant, DHS Security.

After 30 years of service, Don did decide to retire on November 30, 2009 in order to run for sheriff and lead the department in a new direction. He has been busy working on the 2014 election, committed to our community, and committed to excellence.