Zinke Files Petitions for Sheriff's Race, Endorsed by Several Area Sheriffs

Zinke files nomination petition forms for his run for McHenry County Sheriff.

Andrew Zinke, Undersheriff for McHenry County and candidate for Sheriff.
Andrew Zinke, Undersheriff for McHenry County and candidate for Sheriff.
WOODSTOCK – Undersheriff Andrew Zinke, Republican candidate for McHenry County Sheriff, formally filed petitions for the March 18, 2014 primary.

Zinke filed with over two and a half times the necessary amount of petition signatures, demonstrating the support of community leaders throughout McHenry County, including retiring Sheriff Keith Nygren.

“Andy represents a new era in law enforcement, a change from our past, and a new beginning for the technological changes in law enforcement for McHenry County,” Nygren said. “He is the type of professional and educated leader we need to continue moving forward.”

Zinke’s campaign also announced a long list of Northern Illinois Sheriffs who are endorsing him.


Sheriff Duane Wirth, Boone County
Sheriff Roger Scott, DeKalb County
Sheriff John Zaruba, DuPage County (former president - National Sheriff’s Association)
Sheriff Patrick Perez, Kane County
Sheriff Keith Nygren, McHenry County
Sheriff Richard Meyers, Winnebago County

“I am proud of these endorsements and will continue to work diligently with Sheriff Nygren as his second-in-command,” Zinke stated. “I look forward to continue my work with our neighboring Sheriff’s as their peer to further our work together fighting against the heroin crisis as well as other crime issues that threaten our communities.”

Zinke has served the citizens of McHenry County as a law enforcement officer for 25 years and has been with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) for 23 of those years. 

Zinke has served as a patrol deputy, crash investigator, SWAT member, K9 handler, crisis-hostage negotiator, detective, detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant, detective lieutenant, and is currently serving as Undersheriff, acting as office head in the absence of the sheriff since 2010.

Under Zinke’s direction and leadership, the MCSO received the Triple-Crown Award for achievement in law enforcement, making the office one of only 35 sheriff’s offices in the United States to attain this recognition and the only office in Illinois. Zinke currently serves as the head of the HEAT (Heroin Enforcement/Education Action Taskforce.)

A graduate of McHenry High School, Zinke holds a B.A. from Judson University and an M.B.A. (2013) from Aurora University. Zinke and his wife, Kimberly, have three children.

Source: Citizens to Elect Zinke · P.O. Box 1813 · Woodstock · Illinois 60098 For a Safe and Secure McHenry County.TM


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