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Peoria County Sheriff’s Office: Administration

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office Administration has four Undersheriffs and a Finance Director. 

Chief Deputy Joseph M. Needham

Chief Deputy Joe Needham

Chief Deputy Joseph Needham was commissioned in 1978, and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1993. He was appointed to the position of Captain in 1994 and Chief Deputy in June of 2002. Chief Deputy Needham spent most of his career in Patrol Division, with temporary assignments in the M.E.G. Unit, the Detective Division, and the Warrant Division. Chief Needham has served as a Field Training Officer and as a member of the tactical (S.T.A.R.) Team. Chief Deputy Needham is a graduate of Illinois Central College, Bradley University, and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Chief Deputy Needham received the Deputy of the Year Award in 1982 and has received numerous other Departmental Awards and Commendations.

 

 

Corrections Superintendent Ronda Y. Guyton

Superintendent Ronda Y. Guyton began her law enforcement career in 1994 as a correctional officer. She was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in January 1997 and Jail Superintendent in August 2017. Superintendent Guyton has served in several different assignments throughout her career with the Peoria County Sheriff's Office. She has served as a Community Police Officer for Medina Township, Field Training Officer, Warrants Division, honors board and State Local Auto Theft Enforcement (SLATE) investigations. She received a Life Saving Award in 2006 along with many other letters of accommodations. Superintendent Guyton is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield with a B.A. in Criminal Justice (2004), summa cum laude and University of Illinois at Chicago with a certificate in nonprofit management (2017). She served in the United States Army Reserve 1991-1999 and is active in the community. In her current position she is in charge of Peoria County Sheriff's Office Corrections.

 

 

Captain Tyler M. McCoy

Captain Tyler McCoy

Captain Tyler McCoy began his law enforcement career in November of 2000 as a correctional officer. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2002. Captain McCoy has served in several different assignments throughout his 17 years at the Sheriff’s Office. Captain McCoy was a member of the Honor Guard, community police officer, a narcotics officer with PMEG, and a Detective with the Sheriff’s Investigative Division (S.I.D). Captain McCoy was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2013, where he was assigned to 3rd shift Patrol. After serving as a patrol Lieutenant he was assigned to be the Special Projects Lieutenant and then served as the S.I.D. Lieutenant. Captain McCoy was promoted to Captain / Undersheriff of Field Operations on March 31st 2017. Captain McCoy is a United States Marine Infantryman serving active duty from 1995-1999.

 

Captain Douglas M. Gaa

Captain Douglas M. Gaa

Captain Gaa began his law enforcement career with the Peoria County Sheriffs Office in 1993 in the Patrol Division. He was part of the implementation of the Community Policing Program, serving as a Community Police Officer for the City of West Peoria. As a Deputy with the Peoria County Sheriff's Office, in addition to his patrol assignments, he fulfilled additional roles as a Master Firearms Instructor and a Tactical Team Operator. He received the Deputy of the Year Award in 1998. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2002 being assigned to the Patrol Division. In 2009 he was assigned the Tactical Commander of the Central Illinois Emergency Response Team and the Tactical Commander of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) Weapon of Mass Destruction Special Response Team. Captain Gaa is a graduate of Illinois Central College and Northwestern School of Staff and Command. In his current assignment, Captain Gaa is the supervisor over the Peoria County Courthouse Court Security and Civil Process Division.

Finance Director Randy Brunner

Finance Director Randy Brunner

Randy Brunner joined the Sheriff's Office as the Finance Director in June 2017.  He began his career with Peoria County in July 2006 in the County Administration Department as a Budget Analyst. He was then moved to the Finance Department when it was created in 2008, where he served as Budget & Grants Coordinator and then Assistant Chief Financial Officer. In 2013, Randy was one of 50 government finance professionals selected from the United States and Canada to attend the Advanced Government Finance Institute (AGFI). The week-long intensive program provides selected GFOA members an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and focus on emerging trends within the public finance community.  Randy is a volunteer weather spotter with the County's Emergency Management Agency, and received an award from the Peoria County Association of Chiefs of Police in January 2016 for his service. He is a graduate of Aurora University with a degree in accounting and is currently pursuing the Certified Public Finance Officers Certification (CPFO) from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Today, Randy is responsible for the development and implementation of the Sheriff's Office's $15.7 million budget, inmate trust accounts, grants management, and other finance-related projects.

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