Will County sheriff candidate takes police chief post
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org October 16, 2013 10:26PM
Updated: November 18, 2013 7:55AM
A candidate in next year’s Will County sheriff’s race has gotten another law enforcement job in the meantime.
Retired sheriff’s officer Ed Bradley was hired Friday as University Park police chief. He replaces interim Chief Darryl Stroud, who took over after Melvin Davis was fired last year. Davis is now police chief in Robbins.
University Park Mayor Vivian Covington and village manager Lafayette Linear did not return messages seeking comment on Bradley’s hiring.
“It’s an opportunity I’d been looking at for a while,” Bradley, who lives in University Park, said. “I want to help elevate this department to a (higher) level of service and bring some stability.”
Bradley served 21 years as a sheriff’s officer before retiring as a lieutenant in 2009. He narrowly lost a three-way race in the 2010 Democratic primary election for sheriff to Pete Piazza by 34.87 percent to 33.5 percent.
Bradley announced in May he would try for the nomination again in 2014. Though sheriff officers Steve Egan and Mike Kelley have since joined the Democratic race, Bradley said he has no plans to drop out.
“The village (leaders) are aware of my plans. I’m dedicating to serving University Park. I wouldn’t be doing this otherwise, but on a larger scale I will do the same things to help Will County,” he said.
Bradley said his experience in the sheriff’s department included cases ranging from “misdemeanors to quadruple homicides.”
He was a watch commander of the patrol division and at the county jail. He also was a supervisor in investigations and vice president of the police union for six years. He has also been an investigator for Balmoral Park race track and an advisor for the Joliet Job Corps.