Sheriff Curran’s police lodge endorses Democratic challenger Patt

A police lodge that boasts amongst its members current Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, has endorsed Democratic challenger Jason Patt for Lake County sheriff in the November election.

“Our constituents want change now and need a new leader who will restore efficiency to the sheriff’s office,” said Darryl Lewallen, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 66, in a written statement. “They want to proudly do their jobs, to the absolute best of their abilities, under a sheriff who whole-heartedly supports their mission to protect our county.”

Lodge 66 includes members who are current and retired police officers from the sheriff’s office, the Great Lakes Police Department, the Lake County Coroner’s Office, the Round Lake Heights Police Department, the Lake Villa Police Department and the Winthrop Harbor Police Department.

Patt, a Navy combat veteran, is currently an investigator for the Lake County Coroner’s Office. He has also served as a military patrolman at Great Lakes Naval Base.

“I am honored to have the support of the Lake County Sheriff’s Police Lodge 66,” Patt said. “Their endorsement clearly shows that change is needed in the department and that I have the experience and skills to get the job done. The costly lawsuits and embarrassing headlines, which demonstrate the current sheriff’s lack of responsible leadership, prompt the need for immediate change.”

One of the lawsuits against the office resulted in a nearly $2 million settlement earlier this year to the family of Eugene Gruber, 51, of Grayslake, who suffered paralyzing neck injuries while struggling with officers in the Lake County Jail. Gruber died months later after being transferred to a Chicago rehabilitation center.

In May, Curran announced the termination and discipline of sheriff’s employees involved in the Gruber incident, which prompted the Teamsters Local 700 to state that Curran used the officers at “scapegoats for the jail’s dysfunction.”

In 2012, Lyvita Gomes, 52, a native of Mumbai, India, who was living in Vernon Hills, launched a 15-day hunger strike to protest her incarceration for failing to appear for jury duty, then died of malnutrition and dehydration less than a week later. A federal lawsuit filed by Gomes’ family is pending.

Other endorsements for Patt include Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Waukegan Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, AFSCME Council 31, Lake County Firearms and Security, and Safe Kids Illinois.

Curran could not be reached for comment.

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