Source: Zinke for Sheriff Committee
WOODSTOCK, IL – Undersheriff Andrew Zinke, Republican candidate for McHenry County Sheriff, announces an endorsement from Leslie Schermerhorn, McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools.
“Andy Zinke has worked closely with the McHenry County Regional Office of Education to ensure the safety of McHenry County students. He has supported efforts made to increase awareness of and improve safety procedures in our schools,” Schermerhorn stated.
“Undersheriff Zinke has the education and passion that we leaders recognize are necessary
to effectively oversee an organization as large as the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. He
has a strong commitment to the safety of our county’s student population of over 52,000
pupils in 18 school districts.”
“I respect the work that Leslie does. It’s her job of education for the children and it’s my job to keep the children safe,” said Zinke. “Working together and moving forward in our community for our children is essential. I believe education is a key to success and is good for our community and our future.”
Zinke has served the citizens of McHenry County as a law enforcement officer for 25 years with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO.)
Zinke has served as a patrol deputy, crash investigator, SWAT member, K9 handler, crisis-hostage negotiator, detective, detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant, detective lieutenant, and is currently serving as Undersheriff, acting as office head in the absence of the sheriff since 2010.
Under Zinke’s direction and leadership, the MCSO received the Triple-Crown Award for achievement in law enforcement, making the office one of only 35 sheriff’s offices in the United States to attain this recognition and the only office in Illinois. Zinke currently serves as the head of the HEAT (Heroin Enforcement/Education Action Taskforce.)
A graduate of McHenry High School, Zinke holds a B.A. from Judson University and an M.B.A. (2013) from Aurora University. Andrew and his wife, Kimberly, have three children.