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About the Sheriff
Robert J. Hertz was sworn- in as the
Sheriff of Madison County on December 2,
2002. He was re-elected as Sheriff in
2010. Sheriff Hertz started work with
the Madison County Sheriff's Office on
March 1, 1972, recently completing his
40th year of service with the
department. Sheriff Hertz started as a
uniformed deputy sheriff working the
midnight shift in the Patrol Division.
In late 1974 he was transferred into the
Investigative Division as a Detective,
and remained there until 1983 when he
was named Chief Deputy Sheriff in the
Administration of Sheriff Emil Toffant.
In 1986 Sheriff Bob Churchich took
office and Hertz served Sheriff
Churchich as the Chief of Detectives,
Jail Superintendent, Administrative
Assistant, and Chief Deputy Sheriff for
Sheriff Hertz is 63 years old, has three
children, and lives with his wife of 35
years in Maryville. In 1977 Sheriff
Hertz graduated with a Bachelors Degree
in Administration of Justice from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois.
From 1992 to 2002 Sheriff Hertz worked
part-time at night as a criminal justice
instructor at Lewis and Clark Community
College in Godfrey. Sheriff Hertz is a
1983 graduate from the F.B.I. National
Academy in Washington, D.C. and a past
Deputy Commander with the Major Case
Squad of Greater St. Louis.
He serves as the Chairman of the Board
of Directors of the Southwestern
Illinois Law Enforcement Commission and
serves on the boards of the Major Case
Squad, the Madison County Child Advocacy
Center, the Metropolitan Drug
Enforcement Group of Southwestern
Illinois and the Metro East Auto Theft
Task Force. Sheriff Hertz also
served as the President of
the Illinois Sheriff's Association.
During his career with the Sheriff's
Office Sheriff Hertz was promoted
through the ranks from Sergeant, to
Lieutenant, to Captain, to Major, and is
now the Sheriff.
Sheriff Hertz can be reached by
telephone at the office (618) 692-6087 or
at home (618) 288-6486.
The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for the County and serves as the acting officer of the Circuit Court, director of safety and administrator of the County Jail. The main function of this Department include:
- Investigation of all crimes of violence and fraud, to arrest suspects, and to recover stolen property and evidence.
- Provide basic police services to the unincorporated areas of the County.
- Maintain a complete record of all traffic accidents, arrests, investigations and complaints.
- Serve warrants issued at the request of the State's Attorney and all writs and summonses issued by the Circuit Court.
- Manage all prisoners confined to the County Jail and to be responsible for delivering prisoners to court for arraignments, bench or jury trials.
Sheriff Robert J. Hertz
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