Born in Illinois, Rob Russell is the son of Thomas and Mary Ellen Russell and the youngest of eight children. After graduating from high school, Russell attended Northern Illinois University (NIU), trying out for the football team as a walk-on. When family illness meant his dad could no longer afford tuition, Russell enlisted in the Army National Guard. After completing basic training, Russell returned to NIU to study and play football. Six months later, NIU coaches rewarded his determination, hard work, and skill with a full athletic scholarship.
Russell met his wife Susan in 1986 at NIU. They married in 1990, and currently live in South Elgin with their four children. In 1990, Russell also graduated from NIU with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology (emphasis on Criminology).
For the next three years, Russell worked multiple jobs to support his family while preparing for a career in Law Enforcement. And in 1993, he began working in the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. In 2007, Russell received his Master of Arts in Political and Justice Studies from Governors State University.
As a veteran sheriff’s deputy, Russell has almost 20 years experience working in all three bureaus of a sheriff’s office.
- Law Enforcement Bureau, Patrol Division
- Administration Bureau, Court Security Division
- Corrections Bureau, Correctional Officer
Throughout his career, Russell has pursued excellence in job proficiency. Currently a sergeant with the DuPage County Sheriff’s office, Russell has gained a thorough knowledge of the breadth and depth of a sheriff’s office and its responsibilities. He has had extensive training in a variety of areas, including: carrying out investigation and crime scene protocol; recognition of Elder and Child Abuse; working with the Special Needs population; and responding to emergency disaster situations.
Russell’s certifications include: Illinois Lead Homicide Investigator; Illinois Peace Officer; Elderly Service and Juvenile Officer; Member of Illinois Search and Rescue; and Corrections Officer (County Jail Standards). He is a member of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. In 2007, Russell was recognized as Officer of the Year by the Medinah Homeowners Association. In 2005, Russell received a Service Award Commendation and was a Silver Coin Recipient for his aiding efforts in New Orleans, Louisiana, during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Passionate about helping others and solving problems, Russell has also been active in training and education throughout his career. His leadership experiences include:
- Accreditation Assistant for CALEA certification, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office
- Coordinator, Trailwatcher Program, DuPage County
- Instructor, Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
- Instructor, CPR/AED, American Heart Association
- Adjunct Faculty, College of DuPage
- Adjunct Faculty, Judson University
- Illinois National Guard
- Northern Illinois Football Player
- Member, Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) Region Task Force
The Russells are members of First Baptist Church of Geneva. Rob Russell is a member of the South Elgin Lions Club and a youth football coach for South Elgin/St. Charles.