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New Police Chief Sworn in

Des Plaines aldermen tell new chief, “good luck.”

Des Plaines has a new chief of police. Mayor Martin Moylan swore in William Kushner, former Lakemoor police chief, at the city council meeting on Tuesday.

“I think it’s a very important time in the city that we bring in a person not only with his character, but his experience,” Mayor Moylan said.

Kushner, a 35-year law enforcement veteran, follows Police Chief James Prandini, who retired at the end of 2011. Acting Police Chief Mike Kozak has served as interim chief since then.

Earlier:

Mayor Moylan asked Kushner to stand next to him, raise his right hand, and repeat the following:

“I, William Kushner, having been appointed to the office of chief of , in the county of Cook, do solemnly swear or affirm, that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and I will faithfully discharge the duties of chief of police to the best of my ability.”

in a Q&A with Patch in August.

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David C. Couper September 06, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Congratulations to your new police chief. You can help him out by asking him to review and affirm the 12 qualities necessary for police in our society to hold and practice at: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/policing-our-nation.html. Also visit my blog on police improvement at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com. (Those qualities are: Accountable, Collaborative, Educated and trained, Effective and preventive, Honest, Model citizen, Peacekeeper and protector, Representative, Respectful, Restrained, Servant leader, and Unbiased.) There also is a new book out that may be helpful in thinking about ways in which police can improve by someone who did it: “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” (Amazon.com).

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