He's the 36th Person to serve as Sheriff of Kankakee County. And. after 19 years and having won re-election in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014....Sheriff Tim Bukowski announced his retirement. He'll step aside April 23rd.
At a press conference today (Thursday), Bukowski cited health issues.
Bukowski said he's undergone cardiac procedures, treatment for pancreatitis, and had his gall bladder removed. And a recent diagnosis is a benign cyst in the spinal canal causing a lot of discomfort.
Bukowski told the gathering how fortunate it was to work for former Sheriff Bernie Thompson, who was elected to three terms and served 10 years as the first sheriff of Kankakee County elected to more than two terms. Bukowski said the people of the county were so fortunate to have someone of his character and abilities to serve as their sheriff.
Looking back, Bukowski said he so enjoyed his position.
"Every day for the past 19 years I woke up looking forward to serving the people of Kankakee County, even if there were those who weren't quite as excited about that prospect as I was. It's been my honor and privilege to serve the people of this county and I am humbled by their trust and confidence."
The retiring sheriff is putting his trust and support behind Undersheriff Mike Downey for the appointment. That decision will come from the County Board.