Ex-Sher­iff Kau­pas suf­fers heart attck

Daily Southtown - - NEWS - By Ali­cia Fab­bre Ali­cia Fab­bre is a free­lancer for the Daily South­town.

For­mer Will County Sher­iff Paul Kau­pas re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized Thurs­day evening fol­low­ing a heart at­tack, of­fi­cials said.

Will County sher­iff’s spokes­woman Kathy Hoffmeyer said the three­term for­mer sher­iff suf­fered a heart at­tack Wed­nes­day while at the hospi­tal.

He re­mained at Sil­ver Cross Hospi­tal in crit­i­cal but stable con­di­tion, she said, but de­clined fur­ther com­ment.

Kau­pas served in Viet­nam with the U.S. Marines. He had more than 40 years ex­pe­ri­ence in law en­force­ment, nearly all of them with the Will County sher­iff ’s of­fice.

Kau­pas, of New Lenox, re­tired in 2014 af­ter serv­ing three four-year terms as sher­iff.

Dur­ing his time as sher­iff, Kau­pas over­saw the ex­pan­sion of the Will County Jail. Dur­ing his fi­nal cam­paign for sher­iff in 2010, Kau­pas pointed to his in­vest­ment in in­ves­ti­gat­ing crimes against se­nior cit­i­zens as one of his ac­com­plish­ments.

Kau­pas was suc­ceeded by Sher­iff Mike Kel­ley, who re­cently won elec­tion to his sec­ond term.

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