Dwight A. Baird, Sheriff

Mission Statement

Ready to protect and proud to serve, the men and women of the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office will serve with dedication, integrity and compassion as guardians of your liberty, freedom and family.  We will ensure the power and duty granted to this office by the people, will serve the citizens and members of the office with respect and fairness.  We welcome partners from the community, organized groups, other law enforcement and public service providers to fulfill our duty.

Public Notice

Dwight Baird was elected to become the Sheriff in 2014.  He started his law enforcement career in 1990 with the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office; after serving there a year and a half he transferred to the Oswego Police Department.  He worked in Investigations, Patrol, Undercover Narcotics, was a member of the Special Response Team, as he rose through the ranks to obtain the rank of Chief of Police in 2003 thru December 2014.  He also was the Interim Village Administrator from April of 2011 to June of 2012.  He also served nine years as a volunteer fire fighter for the Oswego Fire protection District.

His educational background includes Waubonsee Community College, Aurora University with a Bachelor in Science Professional Studies and a diploma in Criminal Justice Management.  He obtained a Master of Arts from Western Illinois University and has a certification as a Police Executive through Western Illinois University, and he is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.  He also attended the FBI National Academy as a graduate of the 209th Session in 2002 and FBI LEEDS in 2010, which focus on leadership and management. He is a graduate of the 108th Session on the National Sheriff’s Institute.



Dwight A. Baird Sheriff

He is a member of the Illinois Sheriffs Association (ISA), National Sheriffs Association (NSA), International Association of Chiefs (IACP) of Police, a member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP).  He is the past President of the North East Multi-Regional Training Board and a Board member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, Federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency, Kendall County Public Action to Deliver Shelter and the Kendall County Food Pantry.

He has been recognized for his achievements throughout his career, which include a Life Saving award by the Illinois Police Association, Medal of Valor award by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, two-time MEG Director award (Metropolitan Enforcement Groups), 2007 Youth Service Volunteer award, 1997 Oswegoland Optimist Police Officer of the Year and the 2006 Governor’s Medal of Honor award, 2014 Illinois Crime Commission Police Chief of the Year.

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