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Biography and Professional Experience

Rob Russell was elected Kane County Coroner in 2012. Since taking office, Russell is recognized as a leader in medicolegal death investigations and has participated in the following organizations & community events:

  • President, Restorative Justice Institute of Illinois
  • Board Member, Kane County DUI Task Force
  • Board Member, Northeast Multi Regional Training (NEMRT)
  • Member, Senator Mark Kirk’s Heroin Task Force
  • Member, Kane County Major Crimes Task Force
  • Member, Elder Abuse Task Force
  • Member, Kane County Police Chiefs Association
  • Participant, Rep. Randy Hultgren Community Leadership Forum on Heroin
  • Participant, BATV Forum on Teen Suicide
  • Presenter, Waubonsee, Elgin Community College, and Aurora University
  • Presenter, Heroin Awareness Forum with Sheriff Kramer
  • Presenter, Area Citizens Police Academies (Aurora, Elgin, St. Charles, Huntley, Kane Sheriff’s Office)

Russell is also an active member of both the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners and the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association.

Prior to being elected coroner, Russell served for 20 years in law enforcement. As a sergeant for the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, Russell had extensive training in a variety of areas, including: initiating investigation & crime scene protocol; recognition of Elder and Child Abuse; working with the Special Needs population; and responding to emergency disaster situations.

During his time with the Sheriff’s Office, 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 past leadership experiences include:

  • Accreditation Assistant for CALEA certification, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office
  • Instructor, Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
  • Member, Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) Regional Task Force
  • Adjunct Faculty, College of DuPage & Judson University
  • Veteran, Illinois National Guard
  • Member, South Elgin Lion’s Club
  • Adult Church and Youth Football Coach, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles
  • Athletic Scholarship Recipient, Northern Illinois University (Football)

Rob Russell has a BS in Sociology/Criminology from Northern Illinois University and a MA in Political and Justice Studies from Governors State University. Rob and his wife, Susan, have four children ages 13, 17, 19 and 22. The Russell’s live in South Elgin and are members of First Baptist Church of Geneva.