James Mendrick has been a Downers Grove Township Volunteer & Republican Committeeman Since 1997.
James Mendrick has been married for 21 years and has two boys.
33 Year Resident of DuPage County.
21 Years veteran of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, including 16 years of Supervisory Experience.
Served as Chief of Administrative Bureau.
Sat as a Voting Member on the Emergency Telephone Systems Board, which supports 911 service to DuPage County residents.
Receive 100% accreditation by CALEA.
Served as the Canine Commander.
Get to know James
James Mendrick, a lifelong resident and active community member of DuPage County, attended Downers Grove South High School, married to his high school sweet heart Cyndi and they have two amazing young boys Colin and Connor.
Mendrick studied Criminal Justice at Lewis University, and completed his School of Police Staff & Command at Northwestern University. Since 1996, Mendrick has had the privilege to work alongside the men and women of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. During his time at the Sheriff’s office he has been instrumental in significant innovation and achievements such as helping receive 100% accreditation by CALEA, a federal authority, deeming DuPage County Sheriff Office a flagship Agency. Mendrick’s goals continue to focus on improving our community through active participation in cross agency training and partnership.
As the Patrol Commander, Mendrick is determined to continue to remain committed on improving our community through active participation and partnerships across the state agencies and community organizations. His plan to implement several strategies will help the Sheriff’s Office stay in the forefront of protecting and serving our communities, but also assure that deputies have the necessary tools to be effective on their jobs. He believes that the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office is in need for meaningful reforms with new ideas, proven leadership, along with years of experience that will help create a safe and constructive work environment, free from politics, that services its citizens.
DuPage County deserves an effective and professional Sheriff’s Office committed to the highest standards of ethics and respect for all. The many men and women of the Office deserve a Sheriff who can lead them in a direction that is unburdened by previous deconstructive practices. Mendrick believes that the Sheriff’s Office needs to evolve to create a sense of pride, especially for those who work there, and an institution the community can feel proud of. James Mendrick’s service, passion, and commitment to our community naturally makes him the best qualified candidate as the next Sheriff of DuPage County. Read about his platform.
James Mendrick’s Summary Highlights
Liberal Arts Associates Degree
Illinois State University
B.A. Criminal Justice
Voted most likely to become a Chief of Police
Basic Law Enforcement 400 hour Law Enforcement Officers Training Board
Spring 1996- receiving the Valedictorian award
Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute
Staff and Command
January 21- May 17, 2002
Policing Executive Role in the 21st Century
Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard Board
March 1996– Hired as Patrol Deputy
1998– Promoted to Field Training Officer
Responsible for Training, supervising and preparing new Deputies for safe and ethical duty
2001– Tested and promoted to the position of Sergeant
Served as Sergeant in both Patrol and the Detective Units
2003– Tested and Promoted to the position of Lieutenant
Responsible for an entire team of dayshift Deputies
Collateral duties include- Canine Commander, overseeing the Gang unit, Special Response Team, Problem Oriented Policing Unit
2004– Promoted to Major
Placed in charge of CALEA Accreditation- an International Organization certifying superior Law Enforcement Agencies
Acquired 100% compliance and was awarded the Flagship Award, the first 100% compliancy award given in DSO history.
2006–Promoted to Administrative Bureau Chief
Responsible for managing 555 employees, a 42 million dollar budget, and was responsible for dispersing the budget to the Law Enforcement Bureau, the Corrections Facility, the Courthouse, and all other Ancillary Departments of the Office.
Commanded the Courthouse, Crime Laboratory, Dispatch Center, Information Technology Department, Civil Division and Quarter Master.
Voting member on the Emergency Telephone Systems Board
Managed all contractual agreements for the Office at large
2011- current- Returned to Patrol Commander by request (stepped down for family reasons)
Responsible for duties of Lieutenant as previously explained
Continued to manage the global budget for three more years while on Patrol
– Field Training Officer from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard Board
-Emergency Management Institute in ICS- 00100.LE Introduction to the Incident Command Systems, ICS-100for Law Enforcement
– Emergency Management Institution in ICS-00200 for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
– DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in ICS-300, intermediate ICS
-Arrest, Search, and Seizure for Sergeants and Lieutenants by North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.
– Fundamentals of Community Oriented Policing by North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.
– Use of Force by North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.
– John Reid Advanced Interview and Interrogations by North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.
– Cultural Diversity and Awareness by North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.
– Critical Incidence Response by North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.
– Designer Drug Awareness by North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.
– Mental Health and The Police Response by North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.
– Basic Background Investigation by North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc
– Hate and Bias Crime in the Small Town and Rural Training Series; Hate and Bias
-Crimes Training Program from the Department of the Treasury Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
– Legal Issues for Chiefs, Sheriff’s and Supervisors by Suburban Law Enforcement Academy
– Media and Law Enforcement Executives by the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy
– Introduction to Booby-Traps, Explosives and Hazardous Devices by the United States Police Canine Association, Inc.
-Certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board in Juvenile Specialist Skills
-Certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board in First Line Supervision
- DGTRO Committeemen in a LOOP from 2002-2010
- Elected Committeemen in precinct 126 2010-present
- Area Chair for DGTRO 2015- present