john_zarubaSheriff Zaruba is a lifelong resident of DuPage County. He has been a member of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office since 1974, was appointed Sheriff in April of 1997 and was elected to the office in 1998 and 2002 by the citizens of DuPage County. He has worked in nearly every facet of the office, including corrections, court security, patrol, accreditation and planning and research.

In his many years with the Office, Sheriff Zaruba has brought many innovative ideas and programs to the DuPage County community. As an advocate for crime victims, he has focused on combating the problem of domestic violence by implementing several victim assistance programs to protect the victims of abuse and other violent crimes. He created the position of Neighborhood Liaison Officer to work directly with residents and address their needs. He has worked with cellular companies to make dialing 911 from a cellular phone possible in DuPage County. He also organized the S.W.A.P. program; the Division of Professional Standards and Conduct; the SR-22 Unit; the Community Resources Unit; and a media relations office. He implemented the Guardian program and Cell Link programs to help ensure the safety of senior citizens in DuPage, and developed the idea behind the First Step program to assist parents who fear that their child may be abusing drugs. Sheriff Zaruba also started SPEAR (Sexual Predator Enforcement, Apprehension and Registration Team), a multi-jurisdictional team that regularly checks on sexual offenders living in the county to make sure they are complying with the Illinois Sex Offenders Registration Act.


Sheriff Zaruba holds a Master’s degree in criminal justice from Lewis University, a Bachelor’s degree in law enforcement administration from Western Illinois University, and an Associate of Science degree from the College of DuPage. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the Illinois Law Enforcement Executive Institute.

Community and Law Enforcement Partnerships

  • Sheriff Zaruba was awarded the Liberty Bell Award by the DuPage County Bar Association and was named 1998 “Illinois Law   Enforcement Chief of the Year” by the Illinois State Crime Commission.
  • In addition to his professional work, Sheriff Zaruba is actively involved in the leadership of several community organizations such as:
    •         Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors
    •         College of DuPage Criminal Justice Advisory Board
    •         Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board
    •         Family Service Shelter Advisory Board
    •         Family Service Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence Advisory Board
    •         Partnership Against Hunger – DuPage County Bar Association and multiple School Violence Task Forces

He is also involved in many professional organizations including

  •     International Narcotics Enforcement Association
  •     International Association of Court Security Officers
  •     Illinois Police Accreditation Coalition
  •     Illinois Chiefs of Police
  •     DuPage County Chiefs of Police
  •     DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group (DUMEG)
  •     National Sheriffs’ Association
  •     American Correctional Association
  •     Illinois Homeland Security Task Force
  •     Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Co-Chairman
  •     National Sheriff’s Association Executive Board Member
  •     DuPage B.A.T.T.L.E. Auto Theft Task Force

He and his wife have three children.