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Professional Accomplishments

Video Visitation & Virtual Court – improved safety of inmates & staff
$56K Grant for new Tahoe for K-9 – save money & improve community safety
$12K Donations from MARS for K-9 – save money & improve community safety
Implementing body worn cameras for patrol – safety for deputies & community
Case studies uncovered 1000’s of dollars now going to Coles Co. General Fund
Implemented the D.U.I. Restitution and “Article 36” vehicle forfeiture for
Coles County generating hundreds of thousands of dollars
Mentoring program in the jail to educate and prepare inmates upon release


16 years law enforcement
United States Army Airborne Veteran
Crisis Response Hostage Negotiator (S.W.A.T.)
Certified D.A.R.E & Keeping it Real Instructor

Experience-Proven Record


James “Jimmy” Rankin
Coles County Sheriff

Putting Community First

Clubs & Boards

Crime Stoppers - Board Member
Coles County 911 - Board Member
Children’s Advocacy Center - Vice President
Illinois DARE Officer’s Association – 1st Vice President


B.A. Degree, Eastern Illinois University
Associate in Applied Science in Corrections, Lake Land College
Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement, Lake Land College

Sheriff’s Department Going Forward

Continue working with the County Board to ensure the Sheriff’s Dept.
is adequately staffed so deputies are no longer overworked.
Continue working with schools and churches to get them online for
safety in the light of all the unfortunate situations that have occurred
in the last few years.
Working on the opioid epidemic with education and training of not only
offenders but the public as well.
Continue to do case studies on money saving ideas.
Continue searching for new grants.

Continue helping with community outreach programs such as Drug Court,
Life Links, Children’s Advocacy Center, etc.
I will continue be an advocate for those who don’t have a voice.
Please vote for me James “Jimmy” Rankin as Coles County Sheriff on
March 20th.


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