John Murphy joins Prairie State after serving 31 years on the Chicago Heights Police Department, most recently as administrative commander.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The mayor said this process will be shorter than the one used to select a new fire chief earlier this year.
With Chicago Heights Police Chief Michael Camilli retiring at the end of the month, Mayor David Gonzalez has a big decision to make. The mayor will appoint a replacement for Camilli, and the Chicago Heights City Council will be tasked with approving or rejecting that replacement. When Heights Fire Chief Tom Martello retired last year, it took several months for his replacement, James Angell, to be officially appointed, with an intense application and interview process leading up to the decision. Gonzalez said the process for selecting the new police chief won't be quite so drawn out. “With the fire chief, I wasn’t too much up to speed on the qualifications that we’re needed, but within the police department, I think we pretty much have a…
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Chicago Heights police chief comes full circle, ending his career exactly 36 years after he entered the academy.
Around this time last year, Chicago Heights Police Chief Michael Camilli was reflecting on his career in law enforcement. He rattled off a laundry list of titles he's held with the police department as photojournalist Mary Compton listened and took photos. Camilli has gone from patrol officer to chief. Along the way he helped protect President Ronald Reagan, future president George H.W. Bush and future governor Arnold Schwarzenegger during their time in Chicago Heights. Take a closer look at Chief Camilli's career by reading the Patch article written about him last year. Now it's time to say goodbye, as the Bloom High School graduate retires from law enforcement June 30, exactly 36 years after his start date of July 1, 1976. "There comes …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Chicago Miracle Temple Church took a day to pay tribute to the firefighters and police officers in Chicago Heights.
Gift bags waited on the platform at Chicago Miracle Temple Church in Chicago Heights. The congregation had spent the previous week filling the bags with small items as tokens of appreciation to the men and women who serve them as emergency responders. The church has been doing this since 1996, calling it "Red and Blue Sunday." For Chicago Heights Police Chief Michael Camilli, this will be the last he experiences as a cop. The chief will be hang up his badge at the end of June. "It's been 36 years," Camilli said. Camilli, along with Chicago Heights Fire Chief Jamie Angell, was presented with appreciation plaques from the Rev. William Anderson and his wife Cheryl, who is co-pastor. "It's a pleasure for us to be servants," said Cheryl. "We …