Update: Lake Bluff Police Chief to Retire

Editor’s note: We’ve updated this story, which we originally posted on July 9, with the Village of Lake Bluff’s official press release, included below.


Chief Gallagher Stepping Down After 42 Years of Public Safety Service

After nearly 12 years leading the Lake Bluff Police Department, and after four decades of law enforcement service, Police Chief William Gallagher will retire at the end of February 2014. Gallagher is ending his career in Lake Bluff which includes: (i) attaining the reaccreditation status of the Police Department through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (“CALEA”), a distinction only 35 police departments across the State of Illinois share, (ii) overseeing the implementation of a computer aided dispatch system to facilitate better record keeping and enhanced communications between dispatchers and police officers, (iii) upholding the Village’s community policing model of service delivery, and (iv) becoming active participants in the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, Lake County Major Crash Assist Team and the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Emergency Services Team.

“As the Chief of Police, I have been both honored and privileged to serve this great community,” said Gallagher. Gallagher, having come to Lake Bluff after serving 30 years with the Village of Winnetka’s Police Department, eight of which as Police Chief, served four years in the United States Army. Following his military service Gallagher graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology. He also graduated from the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute, FBI National Academy and is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute Executive Management Program.

Chief Gallagher has served as the Chair of the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force, President of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association, President of the North Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police, President of the Greater Cook County Council of Police Chiefs and as President of the Northern Illinois Police Crime laboratory. Chief Gallagher is also a member of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Rotary Club.

“We’re really going to miss him,” Village President Kathy O’Hara said. “He’s been a tremendous asset to the Village ever since he’s been here. His 12 years of service has made a positive impact on the community that is second to none.” When asked about a replacement, she stated “The Village will look both internally and outside the department for Gallagher’s successor.”

To assist in hiring a new Police Chief the Village has engaged Voorhees Associates, LLC., a consulting firm specializing in public sector executive recruitment and selection. The Village anticipates making its selection after the new year.


Dated July 9

Lake Bluff Police Chief William Gallagher has submitted his resignation to the Village of Lake Bluff and will retire within the year. According to Lake Bluff Village Administrator Drew Irvin, Gallagher’s last day will be Feb. 28, 2014.

GazeboNews will update this story as more information becomes available.

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