Mayes announces bid for Kane County sheriff, secures Perez backing

Published: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

AURORA – A sergeant in the Kane County Sheriff’s Office has stepped forward as the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for the county’s top law enforcement position.

Willie M. Mayes declared Thursday in a news release his intent to seek the Democratic nomination for Kane County sheriff.

The release followed a verbal announcement earlier this month on the steps of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in St. Charles Township. He was joined at that event by Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, Aurora Alderman Richard Irvin and retired Aurora Police Chief William Powell.

Mayes, of Aurora, has served in law enforcement for 27 years, including 21 years at the Kane County Sheriff’s Office as a correctional officer and a sheriff’s deputy.

In his time there, Mayes has become certified as a bomb technician, crime scene technician and an arson investigator. He was promoted to sergeant in 2003.

Mayes said among his top priorities will be “building a collaboration between the citizens and public safety officials … for safer communities, so children can grow and learn in a secure environment, and for our senior citizens to live with dignity and respect and not worry about being victimized.”

He said he intends to release in early November a “First 100 Day Plan” to outline his “immediate intentions during his first term.” 

Mayes becomes the third candidate to step forward to seek the sheriff’s office in 2014. Republicans Donald Kramer and Kevin Williams also have declared their candidacies to replace Perez, who is not seeking reelection after two terms in office.

Perez, a Democrat, has endorsed Mayes, saying he believes Mayes’ “calm demeanor and ability to multi-task” would enable Mayes “to provide proper guidance and maintain operational efficiency.” 

Perez said he also believed Mayes “will continue to keep politics out of our agency and administer it as a professional criminal justice office.”  

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