Brey named next Lake in the Hills police chief

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The village's next police chief will be promoted from within.

Chief of Patrol Services Dave Brey will take the helm of the police department on May 1, according to a news release.

Brey will replace Director of Police and Public Safety James Wales, who is planning to retire on April 30.

"Chief Brey's knowledge, experience and leadership skills impressed impressed upon me that he is ready for the challenge of leading our police department and providing the residents of Lake in the Hills the excellent public safety services they have come to expect," Village President Paul Mulcahy said in a news release.

Brey was one of three people to interview for the job. Mary Frake, who is the chief of Support Services, and Patrol Officer Christopher Miller also interviewed for the job, Mulcahy said.

Brey has been with the department since 1992. He became a sergeant in 2001 and chief of patrol services in 2006.

He has served as a patrol officer, detective, a member of the major investigations assistance team, field training officer, shift commander, training manager and investigations supervisor.

Brey also has been assisting in the department's accreditation process through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, according to the news release.

"He's a good leader and has all the qualities you want to lead a department like this," Mulcahy said in a phone interview. "He lives in the community. He and his wife are involved in the community. I think he's the right guy at the right time."

His appointment to police chief is expected to be approved by the Village Board on March 27.

"I am honored to be selected to serve the residents of Lake in the Hills as Chief of Police," Brey said. "I appreciate the confidence of President Mulcahy in selecting me as the village's next police chief and look forward to leading the fine men and women of the Lake in the Hills Police Department towards our goal of ensuring the safety of our community."

About Dave Brey

Town: He is a resident of Lake in the Hills

Family: He and his wife, Kim, have two children, Ashley and Austin.

Education: Brey has a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University. He also has attended Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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