Deputy Wardens


Deputy Warden of Operations

Kimberly, was born in Chicago, Il and moved to Northwest Indiana in 2004.  She is married and has a teenage son and daughter. Kimberly began her career at the Lake County Sheriff Department Corrections Division in 2005.

During her 12 years of employment, Kimberly has worked as an officer for 9 years. In those nine years she has worked as a turn officer, served as a member of the S.O.R.T. team and as a booking officer.  Kimberly was promoted to sergeant in 2014; she was a Turn Sergeant for two years. Kimberly then became the Booking and Classification Department Sergeant. Kimberly is a certified instructor for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Kimberly O’Connor is currently serving as Deputy Warden of Operations.


Deputy Warden of Security

Ryan, was born in Hammond, IN and raised in Highland, IN. He currently resides in Crown Point with his wife and son. He is a graduate of Highland High School and has attended Indiana University Northwest, with a major in criminal justice. He has also attended the Indiana law enforcement academy’s instructor development course along with numerous training courses. He has been with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Corrections division since 2004.

During his employment with the department he has worked as a floor officer, booking Officer, and the personnel/training department. He has also previously been a member of S.O.R.T. AND E.R.T.  In 2010 he was promoted to the merit rank of sergeant. He has also previously held the position of S.O.R.T. Captain and Team Leader.

Ryan is currently assigned as the Deputy Warden of Security.


Deputy Warden of Personnel

Kimberly, was born in Northwest Indiana and was raised in Southern California. She returned to Indiana in 1998.  She went to I.U. Northwest, majoring in Psychology. She has been married for nine years and has two beautiful daughters within her union. Kimberly began her career at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Corrections Division in 2004.

During her 13 year tenure, she’s has worked in several positions starting with Floor Officer to Sergeant, including supervising the Classification Department and as a Turn Sergeant. She has served as the Youth Education Coordinator for the past three years, working in conjunction with Girls on the Run and at-risk teens. She is a great role model for the participants and has touched the lives of many of the girls. She motivated the girls and inspired them to be great! She is a believer in community service. She facilitates several events for the Corrections Division such as a back to school drives, clothing donations for the homeless and volunteering at group homes.

Kimberly Cox is currently serving as Deputy Warden of Personnel. 


Compliance Officers

James Oppolo became a Lake County Police Officer in 1979 and retired as a Sergeant in 2007 with 28 years of service. During that time he served in the Patrol, Detective and Civil Divisions and as Director of Food Service for approximately 23 years.

James returned to the Department in 2011 as a Compliance Officer to assist in the coordination to bring the Food Service and Laundry Divisions into compliance with the Department of Justice Regulations.

James currently resides in Schererville, Indiana. Born and raised in East Chicago, he is married and the father of three children, grandfather of five. His son James Jr. followed in his Dad’s footsteps and is also a Lake County Police Officer.


Ed Foster Began his Law Enforcement career within the Lake County Sheriff's Department in January of 1965. 

Ed retired in August 1994 with 30 years of service including 10 years assigned to the jail as a shift Sgt. and was appointed Jail Warden by the late Sheriff Chris Anton.
Ed was asked by Sheriff John Buncich to return as a Compliance Supervisor in January 2010 to work with the Department of Justice.




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