Sean M. Morrison was appointed Cook County Commissioner of the suburban 17th District on July 22, 2015. He was elected by the voters of the 17th District to a full four-year term in November 2018.
Sean’s focus on the Cook County Board has remained squarely on fighting irresponsible tax and spend policies, advocating for innovative reform measures that will reduce the cost of government, increase efficiencies, and improve services. In 2017, Commissioner Morrison authored the ordinance that led to the successful repeal of the Cook County Sweetened Beverage ‘Soda’ Tax. Sean also fought to successfully defeat a proposed increase to the Gasoline Tax, increase to the Cable Tax and several other tax increases and tax proposals.
During his time in office, Sean has been the leading critic – and often time the only critic – of the poor fiscal policies and mismanagement at the Cook County Health & Hospital System. As a result of his outspoken efforts, over the last two years the county’s hospital system has seen a major overhaul of its top administration as well as new reform measures implemented to address the health system’s operational and fiscal problems.
Sean Morrison has been the leading voice on the county board when it comes to fighting for effective public safety policies and providing support for our law enforcement officers. Moreover, Sean was the only commissioner to vote ‘NO’ against the ‘defund the police’ movement targeting the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in 2020.
Commissioner Morrison serves as Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Committee, Vice Chairman of the Audit Committee and Vice Chairman of the Technology & Innovation Committee. Commissioner Morrison also serves as a member of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board of Commissioners where he serves as Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Committee and Chairman of the Recreation Committee.
Commissioner Morrison brings an extensive business background to the county board. Sean is the CEO and Founder of Morrison Security Corporation. Sean has been an owner/partner in the Private Security Industry since 1993, holding the positions of Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations, and President of a Private Security Firm. In 1999, he became the sole owner of Morrison Security. Sean has been in the Security Industry since 1986, spending 7 years in the Corporate Retail Loss Prevention field as a District Loss Prevention Manager for two major Retail Establishments with average sales exceeding two billion dollars annually.
Sean co-founded and funded “Operation Restoring Innocence” a 501-C3 organization dedicated to rescuing and recovering exploited and missing children from gangs and human traffickers and reuniting them with their families and loved ones. As a result of the efforts by Operation Restoring Innocence, more than 150 children have been found and rescued. In 2011, Sean received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the LEADS organization for his many years of volunteer work and his company’s Pro-Bono services in the field of missing and exploited children, namely “human trafficking of children.”
Sean Morrison is also a long-time member and leader in the Republican Party. Sean serves as the Chairman of the Cook County Republican Party since his unanimous election by his fellow committeepersons in 2016. Sean also serves as the elected Palos Township Republican Committeeperson and holds the position of Republican State Central Committeeperson for the 3rd Congressional District.
Commissioner Sean Morrison lives in the Village of Palos Park with his wife Lora, a registered nurse, and their two daughters.