Chief Deputy Rick Ciganek joined the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department in January of 2020. Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Department, Ciganek served as the Commander of the Strategic Initiatives Division at the Elgin Police Department a role in which he retired from in 2020. During his 28 year career with the Elgin Police Department, Cignaek served as one of the original Resident Police Officers, worked in the Patrol Division, the Detective Bureau, SWAT Team, Union President, Patrol Sergeant, Drug Unit Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Detective Bureau Lieutenant and Community Engagement Lieutenant. Ciganek has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. Ciganek has attended the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police, Northwestern University’s Staff and Command and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDEA) Trilogy.