Leadership


As Sheriff, Dustin provides leadership for approximately 150 employees in four divisions: law enforcement, corrections, court security & emergency management. Dustin is the only candidate for Sheriff with leadership experience in all four divisions. Dustin believes that the Office of Sheriff should represent all people living in and visiting Champaign County equally, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or political affiliation. 

Some of Dustin's leadership principles include:

  • Facilitate an environment where employees feel respected, needed and supported. 
     

  • Disregard the “this is how we’ve always done it” mentality. 
     

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to find alternatives to incarceration for those who don't pose a safety risk to the community and who might benefit more from community alternatives. 
     

  • Provide adequate facilities and programs for inmates that do have to be incarcerated. 
     

  • Collaborate with state legislators for legislation that makes sense. 
     

  • Incorporate proactive policing into daily operations. 
     

  • Collaborate with community groups and stakeholders to combat community problems.
     

  • Facilitate and maintain a diverse and all-inclusive environment at the Sheriff's Office. 

Dustin realizes that while some municipalities in Champaign County have their own unique issues, it takes a community to tackle these challenges and collaborates frequently with community leaders and other elected officials to help address them.

Learn more about some of Dustin's accomplishments here: ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

Board/Commission Involvement

  • ILEAS Governing Board, Region 7

  • Parkland College Criminal Justice Program Advisory Board

  • New American Welcome Center Advisory Board

  • Champaign County Community Coalition Executive Committee

  • University of Illinois Public Safety Advisory Council

  • Victory over Violence Steering Committee

  • METCAD Policy Board

Professional Involvement

  • Illinois Sheriffs' Association (ISA)

  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)

  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

  • Fight Crime, Invest in Kids

  • Rotary Club of Champaign

  • Greater Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

  • Champaign County Farm Bureau

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Some examples from the headlines...

"Beyond the Siren: Sheriff's Office Works to Build Community Relations"

 - WAND TV

"Sheriff's Office Taking a Proactive Approach to Help Reduce Gun Violence in Champaign County"

 - News-Gazette

"Champaign County Sheriff's Office Enlists Parkland Students to Help with Jail Computer System"

 - WCIA

"Champaign County Sheriff's Office brings in Social Worker"

 - Fox Illinois

"Champaign County Sheriff's Office Connects with Residents"

 - Fox Illinois

"Champaign County Sheriff's Office Launches New Mobile App"

 - WAND TV

"Champaign County Sheriff Announces Increased Enforcement on Impaired Driving"

 - WCIA

"Grant to Help Sheriff's Office Track Crime Trends"

 - WCIA

"Heuerman Spells Out Plan for a Better 2021 for Sheriff's Office"

 - News-Gazette

"Six Months In, County Jail Avoids Virus Outbreak"

 - The Daily Illini

"Champaign County Board backs adding Two Deputies to Sheriff's Office"

 - News-Gazette

"Green Light Given on Plans to Improve Staffing, Safety at Champaign County Jails"

 - WCIA