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1/22/2013 6:31:00 PM
Meece appointed chief deputy sheriff
Sheriff Callahan promotes Horrie, Sajnaj to lieutenant

Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan has announced the appointment of Craig Meece as the department's chief deputy.

A 21-year veteran of the sheriff's office, Meece began his career with the sheriff's office in December, 1991, as a patrol deputy hired by the late Sheriff James Olson.

From 1995 to 1999, Meece was assigned to the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad (MANS) as a special agent. He received the Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) Director's Award for exceptional service for working in an undercover capacity involving the purchase of a substantial quantity of narcotics and seizure of property. Upon returning from MANS, he resumed his role as patrol deputy.

Promoted to detective sergeant in May 2004, he became assigned to the investigations division and enrolled the office in the 'Offender Watch' program, which gives citizens of Grundy County the ability to track violent sex offenders in the community.

In 2007, Meece attended the Northwestern Illinois University School of Police Staff and Command and two years later he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to lead the patrol division.

He currently serves on the Grundy County Justice Assistance Board, is a past president of the Grundy County Law Enforcement Managers Association, is a current member of the 100 Club of Grundy County and the Illinois Sheriff's Association. Meece is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Illinois Drug Enforcement Officer Association, and Assumption Catholic Church of Coal City.

Meece is a certified lead homicide investigator, juvenile officer and has been trained in internet crimes against children investigations. He received letters of commendation throughout his career to include, major narcotics investigations and the apprehension of repeat offenders in the Benchmark Bank robberies in Verona.

Born and raised in Coal City, the 41-year-old is married to Kiedra Meece, a Minooka Police detective. They currently reside in rural Coal City with their son, Colin.

Sheriff Callahan noted, Meece will assist him with the day-to-day operations of the agency and will oversee specific duties in the law enforcement divisions of the office.

Sheriff Callahan also named Todd Horrie lieutenant of the investigations division.

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Horrie, a 27-year veteran of the sheriff's office began his career with the department in 1986 as a patrol deputy. Horrie was assigned to the MANS from 1990 through 1993 as a special agent. He was trained in narcotics investigations and was a recipient of the M.E.G. Director's Award.

Horrie was promoted to sergeant in the patrol division in 2000 and was assigned to the investigations division in 2009.

He is a graduate of Gardner- South Wilmington High School with the class of 1983 and a 2001 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Horrie has attended numerous specialized training

courses throughout his career including gang specialist, child abuse, elder abuse, advanced interview and interrogation, domestic related homicides and is a certified lead homicide investigator.

He resides in Gardner with his wife, Karen, and their two children, Abby and Scott.

Mark Sajnaj has been promoted to lieutenant of the patrol division. He is a 23 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office and began his career as a patrol deputy in 1989.

Sajnaj graduated from Morris High School in 1983 and served in the United States Air Force from 1985 through 1989 where he achieved the rank of sergeant.

He has served the sheriff's department in the traffic unit, as a patrol deputy, and as a D.A.R.E. officer teaching in the

area schools. He is a certified lead homicide investigator and received specialized training in traffic crash reconstruction in 1990 and has investigated over 50 severe traffic crashes since that time. He is also a certified defensive tactics instructor.

Sajnaj was promoted to patrol sergeant in December 2004. He has spent his entire career assigned to the patrol division gaining valuable experience. For the last 8 years he has supervised his shift proving that he has the leadership qualities to oversee the Division.

He is currently attending Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.

Sajnaj lives in Morris with his wife, Vickie, and their children, Alyssa and Gabe.

"These three quality individuals and I bring over 100 years of combined experience to the sheriff's office. I am confident in their abilities to help me lead the Grundy County Sheriff's Office. We look forward to providing the very best in service and protection to the residents of our County," Callahan said.

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