WAUKEGAN – Sheriff John Idleburg has announced the promotion of two Lake County Sheriff’s Office employees.
Corrections Lt. William Thornton has been promoted to corrections deputy chief and Deputy Ari Briskman was promoted to sergeant.
Thornton began his career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in November 2006, shortly after retiring after a 20-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps. In September 2012, Thornton was promoted to corrections sergeant. In 2015, he attended the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s School of Police Staff and Command. He was promoted to corrections lieutenant in 2016.
Thornton has been an inspirational leader to his colleagues at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and serves on the Corrections Response Team, as well as the Lake County Sheriff’s Honor Guard. In his new position, he will oversee the day-to-day administrative functions of the Lake County Jail.
Briskman joined the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 2014 after serving as a police officer for Antioch and Round Lake Park police departments. Nearly 17 years ago, his first law-enforcement experience was as an Explorer with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Briskman has been assigned to Highway Patrol while holding the following specialties and certifications: field training officer, traffic crash investigator and reconstructionist, evidence technician, drug recognition expert-instructor, standardized field sobriety test instructor, and Explorer Post adviser.
Briskman has received numerous commendations and awards throughout his career, including six Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists Top Cop DUI Enforcement awards, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Top DUI Officer award, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Award.
Briskman will continue to be assigned to Highway Patrol as a shift supervisor.