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.