Meet Jeff Connor

A Leader with 35 Years of Law Enforcement Experience

After much heartfelt consideration with my wife (Elizabeth), family, and friends, I want to announce my candidacy as a Republican for Sheriff of Madison County. I will serve Madison County with experience, dedication, and transparency. I am committed to a foundation of integrity, with an unwavering focus on public safety.

I began my law enforcement career 35 years ago after becoming a police officer with the Granite City Police Department. With 35 years of experience in law enforcement and as a lifelong resident of Madison County, I believe I am the best qualified and a highly skilled candidate for this elected office.
In addition to being the current Chief Deputy of Madison County, I am the Commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. I hold a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lindenwood University.
In 2011, I was selected to attend the FBI National Academy, Session No. 244, at the FBI campus in Quantico, Va. One of the many valuable lessons that I learned from my FBI National Academy experience was the importance of interagency cooperation and collaboration.

It would be an honor and a privilege to lead the Madison County Sheriff’s Office into the future as your Sheriff.

A Distinguished Career in Law Enforcement


  • Married (37 years) with three children and five grandchildren
  • Lifelong resident of Madison County
  • Graduated Granite City High School in 1980
  • Member and deacon of Calvary Life Church, Granite City
  • Former board member of the Coordinated Youth and Human Services


Granite City Police Department

  • 1986-1989 Patrolman
  • 1989-1996 Investigations
  • 1996-1999 Patrol Sergeant
  • 1999-2002 Patrol Lieutenant
  • 2002-2003 Investigations Lieutenant
  • 2003-2005 Investigations Captain
  • 2005-2014 Assistant Chief of Police

Madison County Sheriff’s Office

  • 2014-Present Chief Deputy Sheriff

Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis

  • 1990-2005 Investigator
  • 2005-2007 Report Officer Supervisor
  • 2007-2013 Deputy Commander
  • 2013-2020 Illinois Chief Deputy Commander
  • 2020-Present Commander
  • Commanded 25 Major Case Squad investigations


  • Belleville Police Academy Session No. 37 in 1986
  • Associate Degree in Administration of Justice from Belleville Area College (SWIC)
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Sterling College
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Lindenwood University
  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va., 2011 Session 244
  • Member of the Southern Illinois Police Association (SIPCA) 2003-Present
  • Member of the Illinois Police Association (IPA)
  • Member of the Madison County Police Association
  • Member and previous speaker at the International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA)
  • Previous speaker at the Crimes Against Women Conference in Dallas, Texas
  • Previous speaker at the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training at SLU (Dr. Mary Case)
  • Instructor at the Belleville Police Academy for nine years

Key Issues

  • Protect the constitutional rights of our citizens
  • Pro-Second Amendment rights
  • Enhance community relations with business and neighborhood watch programs
  • Work diligently to reduce any unnecessary spending
  • Continue the Youth Academy to better serve and prepare youth
  • Establish a Sheriff’s Academy for adult Madison County residents
  • Continue to work with local leaders and the Leadership Council of Madison County for “making Madison County a better place for citizens”
  • Continue to work with local leaders to increase recruitment of minorities in law enforcement.

A Leader in Law Enforcement