Who Is Mark Curran?
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MARK C. CURRAN JR.
PRO-LIFE. PRO-LIBERTY. PROVEN LEADER.
Fmr. Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is a graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama with a degree in Business Administration and a graduate from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Juris Doctor in Law.
He began his law enforcement career serving as an intern in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1988 and became an Assistant Lake County State’s Attorney’s in 1990. While serving as a Senior Felony Prosecutor, Curran was recruited by Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan. Curran was promoted to Chief of the Gang Crimes Bureau, charged with prosecuting street gangs, holding seminars on fighting gangs and serving as editor of a statewide law enforcement-focused newsletter. In addition, Curran represented the Director of the Illinois State Police in employment hearings and the Illinois Department of Corrections in civil lawsuits.
He served as a highly respected litigator in private practice from 2002 until 2006 and he received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating in ethics and ability. In addition, Curran taught both Business Law and Criminal Justice at Columbia College of Missouri.
Fmr. Sheriff Curran is a graduate of the Career Prosecutor Academy in Houston, Texas and the Suburban Law Enforcement Police Academy in DuPage County, Illinois. Sheriff Curran also graduated from the Illinois Chiefs of Police First Time Chief’s Conference and the National Sheriff’s Association First Term Sheriff’s Conference.
Fmr. Sheriff Curran was also selected by the Publication “Super Lawyers” as one of the top lawyers in the state of Illinois in 2006 and continues to serve on numerous boards at the local, state and national levels.
- Under budget 12 consecutive years
- Implemented the Community Safety Team
- Created the Veteran’s Ambassadors Program to care for Lake County Veterans who are in need of help
- Formed the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force
- Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force
- The first sheriff nationwide to spend a week in his own jail (2008)
- Prosecuted street gangs
- Held seminars on combating gang violence
- Served as editor of the statewide law enforcement-focused newsletter
Education and Training
- A., Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL)
- D., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Career Prosecutor Academy (Houston, TX)
- Suburban Law Enforcement Police Academy (DuPage County, IL)
- Senior Management Institute for Police
- National Sheriff’s Association First Time Sheriff’s Conference
- Senior Management Institute for Police (Boston University)
- Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
- FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (Quantico, VA)
Past and Present Community Involvement
Knights of Columbus
Chiefs of Police