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Beecher Police Department mourns sudden loss of chief

Lake County names new undersheriff; Arlington Heights police introduce K-9.

By Dan Campana

A memorial service for Beecher Police Chief Jeffrey Weissgerber has been scheduled for Monday night in the south suburb.

Weissgerber, 57, died unexpectedly on Thursday after what village officials described as a “sudden and tragic illness.” At the time of his passing, he was Beecher’s longest-serving employee having been hired in 1988 as a full-time police officer. He twice served as interim police chief before his promotion to the village’s top cop in 2000.

Beecher Police Chief Jeffrey Weissgerber (Beecher Police Department photo)

“During (his 29 years), he has received numerous written commendations from his superiors and many letters of gratitude from residents whom he assisted in their time of need,” the village stated. “In his service to the village, his calm demeanor, kindness, sense of humor and understanding of policing in a small community will be sorely missed.”

Visitation for Weissgerber is set for 3 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, 540 Oak Park Ave., Beecher, with a memorial service scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the church. A police walk-through will begin at 5 p.m.

Lake County sheriff names new undersheriff

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced the promotion of David Hare from chief of operations to undersheriff.

Hare, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, joined the sheriff’s office in 2016 after a career that has included several years with the Round Lake Beach Police Department, two of them as chief. Hare also serves as an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, where he instructs management-level police administration courses.

New Lake County Undersheriff David Hare. (Lake County Sheriff’s Office photo)

As undersheriff, Hare will oversee the chiefs who run the office’s various departments. Curran also announced Jonathan Petrillo as the chief of law enforcement, a role that combines the previous positions of chief of administration and chief of operations.

“I believe our reorganization will streamline and enhance our operational excellence, continuing to ‘raise the bar,’” Curran said. “Undersheriff Hare and Chief Petrillo both have a wealth of experience and knowledge; both demonstrate exceptional management skills.”

Curran added that Hare and Petrillo, along with Chief David Wathen and Chief Witherspoon who handle different aspects of jail oversight, will provide “great leadership” that benefits county residents.

Arlington Height police welcome new K-9, Brit

A two-and-a-half year old Malinois-Shepard mix named Brit debuted this week as the Arlington Height Police Department new K-9.

New Arlington Heights Police Department K-9 Brit and handler Officer Mike Turano. (Arlington Heights Police Department photo)

Born in Slovakia and able to understand commands in Dutch, Brit will team up with Officer Mike Turano and hit the streets as one of the department’s three K-9s as early as next month after completing training.