Voters chose a new sheriff Nov. 6, electing Democrat Ron Hain over one-term incumbent Republican Donald Kramer.
Hain got 87,087 votes to Kramer’s 77,678, according to unofficial totals late Tuesday.
Speaking from his campaign party at Bar Evolution in Batavia, Hain said going forward, “The only thing on my mind is our staff of almost 300 employees that serve a population of almost 600,000 people.”
“I carry the importance with me, on this election day, that my plan for the sheriff’s office had to be very clear and very concise for the needs of, and to be responsive to the needs of a 2018 Kane County,” Hain said. “And now going forward – over the next few weeks and months – to make it the smoothest possible transition for the staff.”
Hain said as long as the sheriff’s office has a satisfied and well-directed staff, “we are going to have a population that is properly served.”
Kramer, of Geneva, did not answer his phone and his voicemail was full so no message could be left.
An Elburn resident, Hain had campaigned on a platform of returning positive morale in the sheriff’s office withmore focused objectives, and by revamping the Corrections Officer Union for more competitive pay and employee retention.
Hain had also said he would infuse a job program in the jail to connect those convicted of felonies to employers willing to hire them.
With 24 years of public safety service, Hain worked as a patrol sergeant, supervisor of the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, and team leader on the Kane County SWAT Team.
“I created programs that took the sheriff’s office from removing only small amounts of drugs from the streets to seizing over 4,000 pounds of narcotics, hundreds of firearms and the criminals who possessed them,” Hain had stated in his candidate questionnaire.
Hain also said as a marketing director for a public safety training firm, he learned how to budget, forecast, and navigate business relationships.
Hain also campaigned on a plan to lead programs in the jail community and with the public to address the antagonistic relationship police have with minorities.