Gary Caruana served nearly a decade as a Winnebago County Deputy Sheriff. During this time he served as a patrol officer, corrections officer, and process server allowing him to develop an understanding of the workings of the entire department.
In the early eighties Caruana made the decision to move to the private sector where he began his long time career with United Parcel Service (UPS). Caruana rose through the ranks of the corporation. During this growth he also attended college earning a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree.
At UPS Caruana became the Corporate Investigative Security Manager responsible for facilities in Illinois including Chicago, Peoria, and Rockford airports. This responsibility covered 12,000 employees and millions of parcels carried by thousands of vehicles across the state. Caruana developed working relationships with Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies including the post 9/11 master operating security plans within O’Hare, Rockford and Peoria airports.
Caruana retired a year ago from UPS and began discussing his desire, for his potential run for Sheriff of Winnebago County. On September 5, 2013 he made his candidacy official before a crowd of over 150 friends and supporters. Caruana has also substitute taught in the local public school system and has been a volunteer for Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. Caruana currently is serving as a commissioner on the Rockford Board of Fire and Police, and continues to stay in contact with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Caruana resides in Rockford with his wife and daughters.