Brown County Sheriff Groesch focuses on safety, community
Sheriff Karl Groesch is dedicated to making Brown County a safer place.
“I want to provide safety and security to the residents of Brown County and make it a desirable place to live and raise a family,” Groesch told West Central Reporter.
Groesch was first elected Brown County Sheriff in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2018. He previously worked for the Illinois State Police in numerous roles including trooper, sergeant, crash reconstruction officer and tactical-response team leader. Prior to that he was with the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, where he held the positions of deputy sheriff, detective, patrol sergeant and corrections-shift supervisor. He has also served over 27 years in the U.S. Air Force and Illinois Air National Guard.
“I have truly enjoyed serving the people of Brown County throughout my state police and county sheriff careers,” Groesch said. “The best thing about the job is being able to help others and be a positive influence in times of trouble or need.”
Groesch is a supporter of many local charities and organizations. He is a member of the Versailles Lions Club and Knights of Columbus, a committee member of Brown County Deer Classic, adviser for the local Cub Scout Pack, benefactor of the Mount Sterling Community Center YMCA, and volunteer for Little League.
Groesch said he has high hopes for Brown County’s future.
“I'd like to see the community continue to grow and prosper as it has in recent times, and will help and support that goal in any way possible,” Groesch said.
Born and raised in Springfield, Groesch attended MacMurray College and Lincoln Land Community College. He is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Law Enforcement Specialist School, the Illinois State Police Academy, the Illinois Mandatory Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification Course, and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute Accident Reconstruction course.
In his spare time, Groesch enjoys playing golf, riding motorcycles and supporting his children in their sports endeavors.