Manhattan's Nick Ficarello is Running for Will County Sheriff

Retired Will County Sheriff's Office deputy announced his candidacy for Will County Sheriff in the March 2014 primary. Deputy Chief Paul Kaupas, of New Lenox Township, is planning a formal announcement to run later this month.


A 30-plus year veteran of the Will County Sheriff's Department, Nick Ficarello told the Will County Republican Central Committee that he believes he is the right man to lead the county's law enforcement team.

The former watch commander in the patrol division, deputy chief at the Adult Detention Center and deputy chief of special operations and criminal investigations, Ficarello has a history of leadership, he said in a press release issued after his April 18 announcement. Ficarello, who retired in 2009, is running against his old boss, Will County Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas.

Kaupas, the current sheriff's second cousin, told the Joliet Herald News that he, too, was at last week's committee meeting and is interested in running as a Republican. However, Kaupas, of New Lenox Township, has not yet formally announced a plan to run.

Ficarello's career spans everything from working as a patrolman to undercover narcotics in a state police task force. He's worked on the Will County Gang Suppression Unit, the Special Operations Group (SWAT team), and as a detective.

He told fellow Republicans that he has the kind of 'well rounded experience necessary to lead the Sheriff's Department with confidence."

Ficarello is a founding member of the Governing Board of the Will/Grundy Counties Major Crimes Task Force. He also served as Director of Security at Lewis University in Romeoville.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development program, he earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Governors State University, University Park, where he is currently working on a master’s degree in political and social justice.

In his release, Ficarello said one issue that needs to be addressed is the "deteriorating sheriff's facilities." Money for improvements needs to be found from savings in the current budget, he said.

“We need to look at both sides of the equation—costs and revenue,” Ficarello said in the release.

“In a Ficarello administration, I will start with a 'zero-base budget' approach, making sure that every dime is accounted for, is used appropriately, and that the original justification is still there. ... I will lead by example. Every manager and staff member will see, by my example that we need to run a tight ship.”



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Barbara Ficarello April 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM
I was going to ignore the comment from Eric Blair, but I just can't after I see these others. Nick took an Oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution when he was first hired as a police officer a long time ago, and continues to honor that Oath, and always will. He STRONGLY believes in the U.S. Constitution, as well as the 2nd Amendment, and our individual God given rights. He does not believe in big government. Anyone wondering, please check out his FB Page: type in: @nickficarelloforwillcountysheriff or just search for: Nick Ficarello For Will County Sheriff You'll see many supporters and many comments from Nick and others. Thank you. I support my husband 100% and above.
Jeanne Meeks April 25, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Behind every successful man, .... ;-)
Barbara Ficarello April 25, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Thanks Jeanne, I appreciate that :)
Garrett " Mac McGuire May 16, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Hay nick that is supposed to be Registered Nurse Mac.
SonofJohn January 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Nick is a good man, he is an oath keeper, and will work to protect the Constitution that he took an oath to keep and keep it he will. He understands that the young trainees need extra training so that they do not step on the rights of citizens. He knows that the financial criteria is important as well. He will strive to protect the citizens from run away government. He has our vote.


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