The City of Lake Forest submitted this notice:
Lake Forest Police Chief Joseph C. Buerger has announced his retirement effective September 7, 2012. The Chief’s retirement follows a long career with the Lake Forest Police Department and after serving The City of Lake Forest for more than 25 years.
He joined the police force in 1986 as a patrol officer and investigator, a position he held until 1994. During the next ten years, he served the Department as a Sergeant and Commander and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in 2004. As Deputy Chief he was assigned to the Support Services Division comprised of 16 civilian personnel assigned to communications and commun=
ity services and six sworn personnel assigned to investigations. During this time, he gained the knowledge and leadership skills that allow him to assume the role of Chief of Police in 2006.
Joe Buerger has been recognized for his philosophy of “community policing” and increasing the Police Department’s efforts in crime prevention, public education, youth and Senior Citizen services.
“My goal has always been to maintain Lake Forest as one of the safest communities in Illinois and promote positive interactions between the Police Department and all members of the community we serve. At this point in my life, however, I am looking for ward to making a change and perhaps pursuing other interests. I am confident that the Mayor and City Council will be successful in identifying candidates that will share this same philosophy.”
Mayor James J. Cowhey says “Lake Forest has been fortunate to have Chief Buerger serve the City for so many years. He has maintained a wonderful presence in the community and has represented the City with enthusiasm and professionalism. I know the staff and residents will miss him, but we all wish him well on his new pursuits, whatever they may be.”