YORKVILLE – 10-24, Assignment Completed: Deputy Commander Joe Gillespie will retire from the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office later this week.
Kendall County Board Vice Chair Amy Cesich presented Gillespie with a plaque recognizing his 21 years in law enforcement during the County Board’s regular morning meeting on Tuesday, May 21. Gillespie is officially retiring from the county sheriff’s office on Friday, May 24.
Gillespie said county officials recognizing him for his service was overwhelming and that he is grateful for the men and women that served with him during his time in the sheriff’s office. He said he’s looking forward to taking advantage of more volunteer opportunities on top of chairing the county’s Republican Party, volunteering for PADS and serve on the Yorkville Pension Board.
“I’ve given my heart to the sheriff’s office and will continue to give to the community,” Gillespie said.
Gillespie said he will continue to serve as emergency management coordinator for the county on a part-time basis. He said it’s been a great run at the sheriff’s office and that he’s also grateful for the public being good to him over the years.
“The citizens of Kendall County over my 21-year career at the sheriff’s office have been absolutely wonderful,” Gillespie said.
Gillespie graduated from Benedictine University with a business administration degree, according to a Kendall County Sheriff’s Office news release. He also earned a certificate from the school of Police Staff and Command from Northwestern University, the release said.
Gillespie said he has been deputy commander for the sheriff’s office for about a decade. He served as a field training officer, sergeant and staff sergeant through the sheriff’s office before becoming deputy commander, the release said.
County Sheriff Dwight Baird said Gillespie has been an integral part of the sheriff’s office and jail at various levels during the time he worked there. For example, he said, Gillespie helped a lot with the jail’s expansion project more than a decade ago.
“He was the go-to person to do a lot of those projects, so that’s going to be missed,” Baird said.
Baird said he knows there are a lot of opportunities that are on the horizon for Gillespie following his retirement. He said he’s excited for what’s to come for Gillespie.
“It was just an honor to work with him,” Baird said.