Jack Campbell, who rose up through the ranks during his 24-year career with the Sheriff’s Office to become Undersheriff, is running to bring a level-headed approach to law enforcement in Sangamon County.
For Jack, protecting the people of Sangamon County isn’t just a job. It’s a passion and family tradition. After all, Jack is a lifelong resident, son of the late Sgt. Jim Campbell, and nephew of the late former Sangamon County Sheriff Hugh Campbell.
Former Sheriff Neil Williamson appointed Jack in 2008 to be his Undersheriff. As such, Jack became involved in most major aspects of the Sheriff’s Office including budgeting, strategic planning, and contract negotiation.
Jack started with the Sheriff’s Office in 1992 as a member of the auxiliary patrol unit. From there, he was offered a full-time position in 1996 on the second patrol shift. Before he was awarded the Medal of Merit in 2002, Jack had already served the department as a member of the Honor Guard and completed numerous training exercises and certifications for the Tactical Response Unit.
Between March 2004 and December 2008, Jack was promoted four times and found himself assigned to units throughout the Sheriff’s Office, including Patrol and Investigations. After Sheriff Williamson left office in 2014, Jack was reassigned to head-up the Drug Interdiction and Response Team.
Since his 2016 retirement from the Sheriff’s Office, Jack has served the State of Illinois as an administrator of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
Jack’s commitment to his community’s betterment has not been limited to his service at the Sheriff’s Office. He has been an Illiopolis Township Trustee since 2011, graduate of the Leadership Springfield program, team member of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and coordinator of the Illiopois High School alumni basketball tournament. To this day, he serves as a deacon at Illiopolis Christian Church, official timekeeper at Sangamon Valley High School football games, a member of the Illiopolis Golf Tournament governing committee, and coordinator of the Illiopolis Santa’s Elves program.
Jack is an alumnus of Illiopolis High School, Lincoln Land Community College, the University of Illinois Springfield, the Illinois State Police Academy, and the FBI National Academy.
Jack and his wife Lori, a retired Illinois Dept. of Transportation administrator, have been married for 32 years. They have two daughters, Kyleigh and Paxton, and two grandchildren, Kinleigh and Bryant. The Campbell family lives, as they have since 1978, in Illiopolis.