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Master Sergeant Odell Thompson, Jr. retired from the Illinois State Police in December 2002. Prior to his retirement, he was appointed by the Governor of the State of Illinois, to serve as the Inspector General for the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Prior to being appointed as Inspector General, Master Sergeant Thompson directed and supervised Casino Gaming Investigations. He was responsible for an investigative team of Illinois State Police Agents, Illinois State Revenue Agents and Federal Internal Revenue Agents who conducted comprehensive corporate background investigations of Illinois Casino owners, suppliers, and other gaming personnel.
Master Sergeant Thompson previously served as an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. During his 30 years as a law enforcement officer, supervisor and senior manager he has served in a variety of enforcement, administrative and investigative assignments.
Master Sergeant Thompson earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois and a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is a graduate of the Traffic Institute Police Administration at Northwestern University, the Illinois State Police Command College at Sangamon State University and the Inspector General Institute at American University in Washington, D.C.
Prior to retirement, he was the past president of the Illinois Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, a past member of the National Inspector General Association and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He is a member of the Retired State Police Association of Illinois.
He served as Commissioner on the Fire and Police Commission and the Liquor Control Commission in Wheaton, Illinois. The United Way Board of Wheaton /Carol Stream, Illinois and the DuPage Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Master Sergeant Thompson served in the United States Marine Corps, during the Vietnam Era. During his military career, he served as a communication center operator, served with two Marine Barracks security details, one in Morocco, North Africa and the other in Jacksonville, Florida. He was honorably discharged after four years of service.
Master Sergeant Thompson relocated to the Gulf Coast in 2003 with his wife Carol.