A man carrying four badges on his shirt is willing to trade them all in for one powerful badge, the gold badge of the Will County Coroner. Bolingbrook Sergeant Sean Talbot has been serving Will County as a first responder for nearly thirty years. He hopes that his life-time of career preparedness will earn the votes of Will County voters this next spring. The son of retired Joliet Dentist Dr. Joseph Talbot; his Grand Father and Dr. Richard Talbot his father. Talbot wants to carry on the tradition of serving Will County.
Sean P. Talbot (53) has spent the last 29 years of his life wearing many hats, serving Will County as a first responder on many different levels. He is currently a Sergeant at the Bolingbrook Police Department. He began his law enforcement career at Shorewood Police Department in 1990. Police work was not enough for him so Talbot began his volunteer firefighter career as a Troy Fireman/EMT and then moved to Plainfield and became a Plainfield Fireman. As Will County grew, causing these departments to hire part-time employees and eventually full-time firefighters, Talbot continued to work as a part-time Plainfield Fireman and is currently employed as a part-time Troy Firefighter/EMT.
Until recently, Talbot allowed time to be employed part-time by the Will County Coroner’s office for 18 years as a Deputy Coroner. This part-time job furthered his career into the studies of death investigations. The Will County Major Crimes Task force sent Talbot as a Representative of the Coroner’s office to the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Out Door Recovery Course, commonly referred to as “The Body Farm”. At this week-long training, Talbot learned the extensive research behind body decomposition and many causes of deaths. Talbot and Detectives from all over the United States spent the week recovering bodies from the surface as well as a full exhumation, studying the many different levels of decomposition as well as trauma and possible causes of deaths. They gained a better understanding of the decomposition process, developed techniques for extracting information on timing and circumstances surrounding the death of the human remains they recovered from the burial sites. Talbot also learned the proper ways to document the recoveries in preparation for criminal or civil litigation. Talbot described this experience as both eye opening and life changing, a “once in a lifetime experience”.
Adding to his resume, Talbot has spent the past 30 years as a volunteer and part-time Firefighter/EMT, holding the rank of Lieutenant in Will County. He is a State Certified Fire/Arson Investigator through the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute and a member of the Division 15 Fire/Arson Investigations Task Force.
During his police career, Talbot began as a patrol officer, like all officers. He worked his way up to Detective. He spent five years in the Investigations Division where he became Lead Homicide Certified. He also became a special Investigator with the Will/Grundy County Major Crimes Task Force, an elite selection of area detectives with vast experience in homicides, death investigations, sex crimes and heinous crimes against the public. This is a position every area detective strives to be selected to be a part of. Talbot has also held the title of Crime Scene Investigator (CSI), attending Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Crime Scene Investigations I, II, and III. Talbot also held the position of SWAT and Sniper Team Leader for Bolingbrook Police.
One of the highlights of his career, Talbot investigated multiple heroin overdoses in Bolingbrook. He was one of the first Investigators to successfully obtain charges against drug dealers on two drug induced homicide cases in Will County. Talbot said the heroin epidemic continues to plagued Will County and his firsthand knowledge in handling these cases will assist him in his new role as the Will County Coroner. During this increased Opioid overdose epidemic, Talbot believes public education and prevention and paramount in reducing the number of opioid deaths in our county.
The Joliet Catholic and Purdue University graduate believes his life-time experience has more than prepared him for his next journey as serving the county as the Coroner. He’s played a part in investigating over 1,000 deaths throughout his career. “What better way is there to prepare for a position like the coroner than to work in every field of Public Safety and have the specialty training that goes along with it.” Talbot said. Being elected as the next coroner feels natural to Talbot and he looks forward to further serving his county as the next Will County Coroner. “Wearing so many different hats throughout my career, becoming the next Will County Coroner only seems natural to me,” Talbot said. “Little did I know I was preparing for this job my entire career”, he further added.
Early Voting: February 6 – March 16, 2020
Election Day: March 17, 2020