New chief of police named

Dennis McEnerney was interim chief for past seven months

By Bugle Staff

Courtesy of the Village of Niles.

Courtesy of the Village of Niles.

The village of Niles announced last week that Mayor Andrew Przybylo will name Dennis McEnerney permanent chief of police for the Niles Police Department.

McEnerney, who has served as interim police chief for the past seven months, replaces retired Chief of Police Dean Strzelecki.

Przybylo said his decision was based on McEnerney’s 37 years on the force and his proven record of performance.

The village said in a release that it supports the mayor’s decision to promote from within.

Niles Village Manager Steven Vinezeano said he expects McEnerney to serve the department and community with “loyalty and high level of professionalism.”

“McEnerney will have a seamless transition to the position of chief of police and is highly respected by the village leadership team,” he added.

McEnerney joined the department in 1978, and has carried out a variety of assignments, including patrol, investigations and internal affairs.

He also served as deputy chief for the department’s investigations division and was NORTAF Major Crimes Task Force commander, a position he was chosen for by 13 local police chiefs in 2002.

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