Kendall County Sheriff Named Waubonsee “Fab 40”
Sugar Grove — Richard Randall has dedicated the better part of his life to protecting and serving the community — as a police officer, Yorkville Chief of Police, Kendall County Sheriff and volunteer captain with the Bristol-Kendall Fire Department. For his unparalleled service to the community, Waubonsee Community College is proud to honor him as one of the college’s “Fabulous 40” alumni.
Waubonsee Community College has named Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall, seen here in his office, as one of the college’s “Fabulous 40” alumni.
As part of the college’s yearlong 40th anniversary celebration, Waubonsee is honoring 40 alumni and students who embody the mission, vision and values of the college. These individuals represent the diversity of Waubonsee’s students and the college district, as well as the diversity of the college’s mission as a comprehensive community college.
Although Randall is a Massachusetts native, he and his wife of 39 years, Myrla, have lived in the area since his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1968. In that time, Randall has served in a number of public safety roles. Not long out of the military, where he reached the rank of sergeant and was a jet engine mechanic, Randall was hired as a Yorkville police officer. At the time, he had no idea of the decorations, recognitions and ranks he would earn in his career.
Like many of his fellow Waubonsee students at the time, Randall took advantage of the G.I. Bill to return to school. Sleep was at a premium, but Randall managed to juggle his education at Waubonsee, his career as a police officer with the Yorkville Police Department — while working nights, and his growing family — with a new baby at home.
Earning his associate degree in criminal justice, Randall said that Waubonsee’s classes were grounded in real world applicability that instantly helped him in his career.
“Without a doubt, Waubonsee built the foundation for my education and future career,” he said. “Waubonsee gave me the confidence that I could do it.”
After graduating from Waubonsee, Randall continued his education — earning a Criminal Justice Management Certificate from Aurora University and attending the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., including graduating from their Law Enforcement Executive Development program.
Randall’s career path led him to become Chief of Police for the Yorkville Police Department, from 1979 until 1986 when he was elected Kendall County Sheriff. Now serving in his sixth term as sheriff, Randall is the longest-serving sheriff in Kendall County history. This role has enabled him to work with regional, national and international law enforcement agencies to fight crime. He served as the executive co-chairman of U.S. local and state representatives for “Project North Star,” an initiative to stop cross border crime between the U.S. and Canada.
“I’ve been blessed with so much — the places I’ve been, the people I’ve worked with,” he said.
Under Randall’s tenure as sheriff, Kendall County has experienced an incredible population boom. The county is consistently one of the top three fastest-growing counties in the nation. His staff has seen similar growth — rising from 26 employees 20 years ago to more than 130 staff members today.
“The change in demographics has been unbelievable,” he said. “We’ve been working diligently to maintain the quality of service even as we’ve grown.”
Outside of law enforcement, Randall has been a member of the Bristol-Kendall Fire Department and now serves as a volunteer captain. He is a past president of the Kendall County United Fund, was a charter member of Yorkville Substance Abuse Via Education (SAVE), and a charter sponsor of the Kendall County Criminal Justice Explorer Scouts Post #1155. He is currently a member the Yorkville Lions Club and the Kendall County Historical Society.
Randall and his wife live in Yorkville. They have three children, Ryan, Kara and Mark, and two grandchildren.