Cary Lewandowski has recently taken over the reins as the Glencoe Public Safety Director. Lewandowski previously served as an officer and then a Deputy Chief for the past 27 years.
"My goal was always to be a chief someday," Lewandowski said. His chief in Lincolnwood told him about the open position in Glencoe, which he applied for earlier this year.
"The transition has been very smooth," he said. "Everyone has been very welcoming and forthcoming with help."
Lewandowski was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, and currently lives in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago. He's been married for 29 years and has three adult children.
Lewandowski noted that Glencoe is an unusual place to be chief, with the police department being combined with the Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
"[The combined departments] have been a bit of a challenge," Lewandowski said, adding that he's still learning about how the fire and EMS departments function. "But the people in Glencoe are great at what they do, and ... the service level will not be reduced because of my limitations!"
Lewandowski said that although he hasn't gotten the opportunity
"[Glencoe] is a great place to work and a great place to live and raise a family," Lewandowski said. "I'm ... excited to work here."
For more news on the Glencoe Public Safety Department, 'like' Patch on Facebook and sign up for our free daily newsletters here.