McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim endorses deputy chief of operations as successor

Deputy Chief of Operations Robb Tadelmen has spent 17 years with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office

A McHenry County Sheriff’s Office deputy chief will run to replace retiring McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim, whose term ends in 2022.

Prim announced Thursday that he would not seek reelection for a third term, adding that he endorsed Deputy Chief of Operations Robb Tadelmen as his successor.

“Deputy Chief Tadelman has my full support in the 2022 election for McHenry County sheriff,” Prim said in a news release. “He’s served under me since I became sheriff in 2014, and I’ve seen how he embodies the core values of our office: honor, professionalism, pride, engagement and service over self. He will improve law enforcement in our county by listening to the community and promoting the good within McHenry County.”

Tadelman, a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, began his work with the department in 2004. In that time, he has served as a patrol deputy, a detective in the criminal investigations division, a patrol sergeant, sergeant of evidence, a sergeant in the criminal investigation division and a lieutenant in the internal affairs division. He also served on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The Republican sheriff candidate said in an interview Friday that he wants to create an environment that is “safer, stronger and together.”

“I feel that I still have a lot to give to the community, and I just am passionate about this area,” Tadelman said.

Currently, Tadelman is employed as the deputy chief of operations, working directly for Prim and overseeing the patrol and training divisions. He also manages recruitment and operations for the office.

“It’s been my honor to serve under Sheriff Prim and learn from him,” Tadelman said in a news release. “It would be an even greater honor to build on the foundation he has laid at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.”

Tadelman has lived in McHenry County for the past 16 years and currently resides in Lake in the Hills with his wife, Kelly, and their two children.

A graduate of Leadership Greater McHenry County, Tadelman also serves as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County, as well as the McHenry County Jewish Congregation.

He has volunteered as a coach for the Crystal Lake Raiders youth football team and has participated in Web Reads at Glacier Ridge Elementary School in Crystal Lake.

Tadelman has not yet formed an official campaign committee, but he has plans to do so in the coming months, according to the release.

The deputy chief will release a formal campaign announcement closer to the start of the petition signature gathering in the fall.

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.