Thomas Dart is in his sixth year of service at the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, the nation’s second largest of its kind. After serving as chief of staff to former Cook County Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan, he was elected to a four-year term as sheriff in November 2006.
Sheriff Dart began a career in public service as an assistant attorney for Cook County. In 1992, he won a seat in the Illinois House, representing a diverse district on Chicago’s South Side. He received numerous honors for his work in the legislature, including the Illinois State Bar Association’s President’s Commendation and “Legislator of the Year” awards from several groups, including the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois State Crime Commission, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.