Cass County, ILJacksonville Journal Courier
Behind the Badge is a series that connects readers with the men and women dedicated to serving the community. This week, meet Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Zillion. I am 35 years old, was born in Rushville, grew up in Beardstown and moved to Chandlerville 10 years ago. I’m a 2004 graduate of Beardstown High School, and the father of two beautiful daughters. After high school, I attended Lincoln Land Community College for business management and later received an associate’s degree in construction management. While attending LLCC, I worked at Cargill in Beardstown in the wastewater department for two years. I then started working for GM Sipes Construction as a union laborer out of Local 477. While with GM Sipes Construction, I did many things — from road repair to running a construction crew — which caused me to be away from my family for weeks at a time. After my second daughter was born, I left GM Sipes Construction to be able and spend more time at home with my daughters. I began working at Cargill again, in the maintenance department. While working at Cargill, I was given an opportunity to work as a part-time police officer for the village of Chandlerville and later started working for the Cass County Sheriff’s Department part-time. While working full-time at Cargill, part-time as an officer in Chandlerville and as a part-time deputy with Cass County Sheriff’s Department, I was given an opportunity to move to a full-time deputy with Cass County.