By Dan Campana
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association recently handed out its 2017 awards, with the highest honor – Deputy of the Year – going to McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Draftz.
Draftz was honored for his work on a 2017 case which led to drug trafficking charges against a Bull Valley couple. Investigators from the McHenry County Narcotics Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other local agencies found 350 pounds of marijuana inside their mansion during a raid.
Earning recognition as ISA’s Correctional Officer of the Year was St. Clair County Sheriff’s Officer Shana Chambers. She has worked for the sheriff’s office since 1999 and is credited with interrupting several suicide attempts inside the jail, as well as intercepting illegal drugs that would have been brought into the facility, officials said. Chambers also volunteers with the St. Clair County Teen Court program.
Also honored was Jennifer Hoffman from the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, who received the Telecommunicator of the Year award at a ceremony held last week.
Montgomery chief announcement retirement
After 33 years in law enforcement, Montgomery Police Chief Daniel Meyers described his recent retirement announcement as a bittersweet moment.
“It has been a genuine privilege and honor serving this fine community,” said Meyers in announcing his plans to retire on April 30. “It has always been my goal to provide Montgomery residents with the highest quality professional public safety services. It’s been a gratifying career, and I’ve had the privilege of working with many outstanding officers and staff.”
Meyers took over as chief in 2010, but joined Montgomery in 1985. He served as a sergeant, detective sergeant and deputy chief before his appointment to the top spot eight years ago.
Belvidere set to welcome new chief on March 1
With Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble set to retire later this month after a little more than 23 years at the department’s helm, officials have selected Deputy Chief Shane Woody as the city’s next top cop.
Woody is scheduled to take over as chief on March 1st following Noble’s final day on Feb. 28. Noble joined Belvidere as chief in 1995 as part of a law enforcement career which began in the mid-1970s.
The Belvidere City Council formally approved Woody’s appointment as chief during its Feb. 5 meeting.