Shortly after his appointment, Darren was selected to serve as a Field Training Officer where he trained and mentored new recruits in all aspects of policing. In 2000, Darren was selected as the first School Resource Officer to serve the Riverdale Community School District. In this role, Darren formed vital partnerships with students, staff, and administration. Darren focused on providing a safe, secure, and healthy learning environment for all students in K-12th grade.
In 2003, Darren was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As Sergeant, Darren held various supervisory responsibilities, including Assistant Patrol Commander (all shifts), Assistant Supervisor of Courthouse Security and Bailiffs, and Assistant Supervisor for the Office of Professional Standards. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Darren commanded the Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Unit, plus Accident Investigation Teams.
In 2012, Darren was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Darren was tasked with supervisory oversight of both the Office of Professional Standards, plus Information Technology Division.
In 2015, Darren was promoted to the rank of Captain. His first assignment was to supervise the Operation’s Division. This involved oversight of all day-to-day operations for both the Patrol and Investigation Divisions. His current areas of supervision include; Chief Financial Officer, Court Security and Bailiff Division, E-911 Dispatch Operations, Maintenance Division, Information Technology Division and clerical staff.
*Of Special Note* In 2017, Darren was selected to represent the Sheriff’s Office interests in a cost feasibility study to upgrade the existing first responder communication radio system that served both Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island County, Illinois. In 2019, Darren was selected Project Manager by the 6 participating municipalities in Illinois. In addition to his daily supervisory responsibilities, Darren provided day-to-day management over civil construction and equipment installation matters involving this nearly $6 million dollar investment by Rock Island County taxpayers. On December 13, 2021, the new P25 first responder communication System went live. This vital project was completed both on time and within budget.
Darren has been married to his wife Amy for nearly 28 years. They live in Hampton, a town where Darren grew up as a child. They have a daughter named Lauren. In his spare time, Darren enjoys playing golf, riding bikes, running, and spending time with his family.
Since 1833, fifty-two Sheriffs have served the County of Rock Island. Darren is honored to receive the full endorsement of current Rock Island County Sheriff Gerald Bustos. If elected, Darren pledges to lead this highly professional and respected organization of dedicated men and women on the core values of integrity, accountability, compassion, transparency and inclusion. The residents of Rock Island County deserve nothing less from their Sheriff’s Office.
As Sheriff, I pledge to:
- Invest in initiatives to increase community access of services provided by the Sheriff’s Office.
- Dedicate necessary resources focused on decreasing community crime trends.
- Build further community partnerships by increasing social service activities.
- Develop programs aimed to reduce recidivism and person’s incarcerated.
- Explore a collaboration of county services to achieve efficiencies both internally and externally.
- Maintain a conservative fiscal management approach of all expenditures.
- Provide accountability and transparency of all Sheriff’s Office operations.
- Maintain safe, secure and efficiently operated correctional facility.
- Work with Rock Island County stakeholders to bring about judicial efficiencies.
- Maintain all Sheriff’s Office facilities at a high level of operation.
- Increase qualified hiring and retention of Sheriff’s Office employees.
- Empower employees and provide additional training and education opportunities.