On February 10, 1972 I started my career in Law Enforcement with the Johnston City Police Department. In May of 1974 I was promoted to the position of Assistant Police Chief under Tom Kirkpatrick. Tom left the Police Department in May of 1976. I was then appointed to take his place as Chief of Police. At that time there were five (5) full time officers including myself. I added seven (7) part time officers and formed an Auxiliary Police Department. The Johnston City Police Department was one of the most respected police department in the law enforcement community during the eighteen (18) years I served as Chief of Police. In 1993 I had the privilege of attending and graduation from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
In February of 1994, I took advantage of a career advancement and left the Johnston City Police Department to take a position with the Southern Illinois University Police Department in Carbondale. While there, under the directions of Chief Sam Jordan, I formed the SIUC-Carbondale Police Department Bob Disposal Unit. I served as Bob Squad Commander for twelve (12) years. I was the Coordinator for the Saluki Patrol Program for seven (7) years. I was certified in multiple positions during my fifteen (15) years at SIUC. I retired from the SIUC Police Department as a Shift Commander on August 1, 2009.
After retiring from the SIUCPD, Sheriff Tom Cundiff announced he would be retiring, midterm, from the Williamson County Sheriff's Office. I decided to continue my service to the community and the citizens of Williamson County and decided to run for Sheriff of Williamson County. Afte winning the Primary Election, I was appointed to complete the remainder of Sheriff Cundiff's third term in office on February 9, 2010. I won the General Election in November, 2010 and won a re-election bid in November of 2014. I have proudly served as the Williamson County Sheriff since then and hope to continue for another four (4) year term.
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office lost six deputies and a telecommunicator in 2017 due to an early buy-out incentive offered by the Williamson County Board. It was a great plan for the deputies and a financial success for the county. However, the Sheriff's Office lost more than one hundred and fifty years of combined experience when these deputies left. The Sheriff's Office is now in a rebuilding stage. We have replaced the retiring deputies with younger, ambitious deputies that will need a lot of guidance and supervision to mold them into the deputies this county deserves. They will need a strong, experienced leader to direct and guide them as they grow. I have been in law enforcement for forty six years. Forty of those years I have been a supervisor, leading, guiding and directing other police officers. It would be a great honor to serve another term in office as Sheriff and teach these deputies that are in the beginning stages of their law enforcement careers, the morals, ethics, high standards and professionalism required of them to succeed as Williamson County Deputy Sheriffs. Therefore, I am asking for your vote on November 6, 2018. Together, we can insure the success of the Williamson County Sheriffs Office for many years to come.
Sheriff Bennie Vick
Williamson County Sheriff