LAKEMOOR – Restructuring of the Lakemoor Police Department is complete, the village president said.
Over the past several months, the department has added a sergeant, an interim deputy chief and a couple of patrol officers.
“We were fiscally responsible,” Village President Todd Weihofen said. “We worked to do more with less, and now we’re able to start growing again.”
In April 2010, the Village Board laid off one sergeant, demoted another to patrolman, fired one probationary police officer and reduced the police clerk position from full to part time.
With these latest changes, the department staffing is back to where it was before the cuts, Weihofen said.
The deputy chief position is an addition, designed to improve the command structure to “bring more accountability to the police department” and increase in-house training, he said.
Over the past few years since the cut, the village is on its fifth police chief since Wally Frasier was fired in August 2009.
The current chief, David Godlewski, took the job in September after retiring from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, where he ended a 25-year career as its chief of operations.
Since taking office in May 2009, Weihofen has tried to “professionalize” the department and crack down on ordinance violations through a “Broken Windows Campaign.”
“The police department is functioning the best it’s ever functioned,” Weihofen said.
The village also has restored some of the positions in other departments that were cut around the same time, including bringing back a full-time building inspector position on a part-time basis.