Undersheriff Howard G. Buffett oversees the At-Risk program, the drug interdiction program, the DUI/DRE program and assists with external training for Taser instructors, K-9 officers, DUI/DRE officers and drug interdiction officers. He previously served Macon County as Sheriff from September 15, 2017 to November 30, 2018. Prior to serving as Sheriff, he served as Undersheriff for three years, where he implemented a number of community, training and public safety initiatives at no additional cost to taxpayers.
Undersheriff Buffett has over eight years of experience in law enforcement in addition to an extensive background in business, elected public office, government service and decades of experience working in conflict and post conflict countries throughout the world as the CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
He was certified by the Central Illinois Regional Commission for Law Enforcement as an Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff in August 2012 and by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as a Part Time Law Enforcement Officer in January 2019. He has completed over 5,200 service-duty hours and completed 111 weapons qualifications, including Taser, handgun, rifle, and shotgun, under the direction of four sheriff offices in Illinois and Arizona, meeting both states' certifications requirements.
In 2015, he was presented the National Sheriffs' Association Medal of Merit for his support to the field of law enforcement & criminal justice, in 2016, named an honorary member of the National Sheriffs' Association, and in 2017, received the High Sheriff Award, the highest award presented by the Illinois Sheriffs' Association. In 2017, Undersheriff Buffett also received the Medal of Honor from the Christian County Sheriff's Office in Illinois for his role in saving a deputy's life.
He has held senior corporate positions and has served on a number of public and private corporate boards, gaining experience in operations, risk management, regulatory issues and geopolitical complexities. He currently serves on the Corporate Board of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. He previously served on the publicly-traded boards of Archer Daniels Midland, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., The Coca Cola Company, ConAgra Foods, and The Lindsay Corporation. He was elected as a Commissioner of the Douglas County Board (Nebraska) in 1988 and served for 20 years on the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Undersheriff Buffett is also Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private family foundation he founded in 1999 to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations around the world, including the United States. He has directed more than $1.8 billion of philanthropic investment in support of food security, conflict mitigation and public safety. Undersheriff Buffett is also the author of two New York Times-bestselling books, 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World http://www.40chances.com/ and Our 50-State Border Crisis: How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across America.
Undersheriff Buffett and his wife Devon have lived in Decatur, Illinois for 25 years. They are the proud parents of five grown children.