Mark Landers is a Logan County native whose family has been a part of this community for generations. He has been a law enforcement officer for over 24 years and served 14 years in the armed forces. When he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 he spent 8 years in active duty and an additional 6 years with the Air National Guard. Mark’s law enforcement career began as an investigator with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division in Ft. Lewis, Washington in 1992. Upon returning home to Lincoln, he was hired by the Illinois Department of Corrections and worked as a correctional officer at the Pontiac Correctional Center. Mark was then hired by the Atlanta Police Department in 1995.
After 7 years with the Atlanta Police Department, Mark was hired by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. As a member of the Sheriff’s Office he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of positions. He began as a patrol deputy and was then selected to be a narcotics investigator and assigned to an Illinois State Police Task Force. He was promoted to Sergeant where he supervised a shift and provided guidance and training to young deputies. Mark was then selected and promoted to Detective Sergeant and moved into the Criminal Investigation Division. There he was responsible for investigating misdemeanor and felony offenses within Logan County. Mark taught criminal justice and criminal investigation to high school students at the Decatur Area Technical Academy for two school years. That experience assisted him, when in 2016, he became a D.A.R.E. instructor for the Sheriff’s Office and began teaching the DARE curriculum to our local elementary students.
Mark’s current assignment is Chief Deputy of Operations where he is responsible for the daily operation of the Sheriff’s Office. He currently lives in Lincoln with his wife, Candra, an Atlanta native. They have been married for 21 years and have four children: McKenzie (19), Max (18), Mason (16) and Mark (14).