Cook County Sheriff
Incumbent
Tom Dart

since December 2006
Term length4 years
Inaugural holderJohn H. Kinzie
Formation1831

The Cook County Sheriff is the sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, heading the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

Office description

Terms are currently four-years in length.

Officeholders

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (October 2020)
Sherriff Term in office Party Notes Cite
John H. Kinzie 1831–1832 Appointed by governor John Reynolds [1][2]
Stephen R. Forbes 1832–1834 Cook County's first elected sheriff [2][3]
Silas W. Sherman 1834–1838 Democratic [4]
Isaac R. Gavin 1838–???? Independent Democrat [4]
Cyrus Bradley 1852–????
Anton C. Hesing 1860–1862 Republican
John Lourie Beveridge 1866–1870 Republican [5][6]
Timothy Bradley ????–???? [7]
Charles Kern 1872–1878 Democratic [7]
John Hoffman 1878–???? Democratic [7][8]
Orrin L. Mann 1880–1882 Republican Elected in 1880 [9]
Seth Hanchett 1882–1886 Republican [10][11]
Canute R. Matson 1886–???? Republican [7]
Thomas E. Barrett 1902–1906 Democratic [12][13][14]
Chris Strassheim 1906–1910 Republican [14]
Michael Zimmer 1910–1914 Democratic [14]
John E. Traeger 1914–1918 Democratic [14]
Charles W. Peters 1918–1922 Republican [1][14]
Peter M. Hoffman December 1922–December 26, 1926 Republican [15][16][17]
Charles E. Graydon December 29, 1926–December 1928 [17]
John E. Traeger December 3, 1928–December 1930 Democratic Had previously served as sheriff [18][19]
William D. Meyering 1930–1934 Democratic [15][18]
John Toman 1934–1938 [18]
Thomas J. O'Brien 1938–1942 Democratic [18]
A. L. Brodie 1942–1943 [18]
Elmer Michael Walsh 1946-1950 Republican Elected in 1946 [18]
John E. Babb 1950–1954 Republican [18][20]
Joseph D. Lohman 1954–1958 Democrat [18][20]
Frank G. Sain 1958-1962 Democrat [18][21]
Richard B. Ogilvie 1962–1966 Republican [18]
Joseph I. Woods 1966–1970 Republican [18]
Richard Elrod 1970–1986 Democratic [18]
James E. O'Grady 1986–1990 Republican Elected in 1986; lost reelection in Elected in 1990 [18]
Michael F. Sheahan 1990–2006 Democratic Elected in 1990, 1994, 1998, and 2002 [18]
Tom Dart 2006–present Democratic Elected in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 [18]

Recent election results

Cook County Sheriff general elections Year Winning candidate Party Vote (pct) Opponent Party Vote (pct) Opponent Party Vote (pct) Opponent Party Vote (pct) 1986[22] James E. O'Grady Democratic 706,659 (51.12%) Richard J. Elrod Democratic 673,233 (48.79%) 1990[23] Michael F. Sheahan Democratic 719,489 (55.41%) James E. O'Grady Republican 369,631 (28.47%) Tommy Brewer Harold Washington Party 191,101 (14.72%) William M. Piechuch, Sr. Illinois Solidarity 18,318 (1.41%) 1994 Michael F. Sheahan Democratic John D. Tourtelot Republican William A. Brown Harold Washington Party William J. Benson Populist 1998[24] Michael F. Sheahan Democratic 903,053 (71.11%) LeRoy Martin Republican 366,867 (28.89%) 2002[25][26] Michael F. Sheahan Democratic 984,348 (76.88%) Ronald Swick Republican 296,062 (23.12%) 2006[27] Tom Dart Democratic 942,113 (74.70%) Peter Garza Republican 319,011 (25.30%) 2010[28] Tom Dart Democratic 1,041,696 (77.26%) Frederick Collins Republican 257,682 (19.11%) Marshall P. Lewis Green 48,930 (3.63%) 2014[29] Tom Dart Democratic 1,055,783 (100%) 2018[30] Tom Dart Democratic 1,455,825 (100%)

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