Eric Harris | Deputy Chief Parole District 2 - 5
Eric Harris was named the Deputy Chief for Parole Districts 2-5 on January 16, 2020. He most recently served as Area North and West Administrative Parole Commander on November 1, 2015. In addition to administrative duties, he oversaw the Parole Division’s Training Team and Cook County Jail Liaison Staff, assisted with fleet management and contributed to policy development for the Parole Division, assisted with the Summit of Hope events for paroled offenders, assisted in coordination of the violence reduction forums, assisted with program development/oversight/training of multiple computer systems parole staff utilize in their day to day duties, and continues to assist in ensuring that the Parole Division remains in compliance with the offender due process consent decrees/agreements.
A veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections, Harris began his career as a correctional officer at Stateville Correctional Center in 1991. He later transferred to Joliet Correctional Center in 1996. Harris worked a variety of posts and was a certified member of the Tactical Unit. In 1998, he was promoted to Correctional Sergeant and supervised staff in a variety of assignments. In 2000, he was promoted to Corrections Parole Agent and subsequently to Senior Parole Agent in 2002. While serving as a Senior Parole Agent, he worked for multiple field offices and assisted with training of staff as a Trainer for the Parole Division. He continues to assist in developing training curriculum and providing that training for both existing parole staff and new agents at the Academy. In 2006, he was detailed to the Cook County Jail Unit to include duties as the department’s first King Investigator and served for a six month period as the Acting Supervisor over the Cook County Jail-King Consent Unit. Harris played an instrumental role in development of this unit and creation of current policies/procedures regarding king investigations. In 2010 he served as the Acting Warrant Officer for the Parole Division and held this position until 2012. Harris was the Parole Agent of the Year in 2013 and was promoted to Parole Commander in November 2013. He served as the Parole Commander for the Chicago Heights AM Office and prior to that, the Parole Commander of the West Grand AM Office.