St. Clair County Sheriff
Richard "Rick" Watson was appointed as St. Clair County Sheriff upon the retirement of Sheriff Mearl Justus.
Sheriff Watson taught briefly at Cahokia School District 187.
He was with the Cahokia Police Department from 1978 to 2011 where he retired as Chief of Police. He has a
Bachelor of Science degree and is currently studying for his Masters Degree in Administration of Justice at Lindenwood .
He attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA.
Rick serves on the following boards:
Major Case Squad-Executive Board Member
IL Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board-Chairman
Mobile Training Unit No. 14-Board Member
Southwestern IL College Academy-Board Member
Attended Eastern Illinois University
He has been married to his wife Janice for 24 years, with 3 children & 5 grandchildren