Posted on: May 18, 2017

City Administrator and Police Chief Sworn In

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With the election coming to a close, Mayor Ray Soliman retains his seat and two new aldermen take their positions among the other elected officials. As expected, a uninamous vote by the City Council passed the recommendation by the Mayor to appoint Heather McGuire and Ed Clark to permanent roles of City Administrator and Chief of Police respectively. "The last eight months have been an on-the-job interview," Mayor Soliman said at Monday night’s city council meeting. "During the interim process, they (McGuire and Clark) have earned my respect and trust and shown me they are ready to lead the City of Crest Hill." Heather McGuire is a life-long resident of the Joliet area. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University, she went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University College of Law. She began her law career in 2010 working for McKeown Law Firm in Joliet focusing on municipal law. McGuire joined the City of Crest Hill as City Attorney in 2014 and shortly after took on additional duties of human resources. In the wake of John Tomasoski’s departure as Crest Hill’s very first Administrator, McGuire, became the Assistant City Administrator to an interim administrator then a full-time administrator, helping them get better acquainted with City Hall and its inner workings. Proving herself during this time period, McGuire, 33, assumed the Interim City Administrator position until finally becoming appointed as Crest Hill’s first female City Administrator. Crest Hill is making great strides in all facets of its operation and Heather McGuire has been involved in every way. McGuire was also very supportive of Mayor Soliman’s decision to appoint Ed Clark to Chief of Police. Like McGuire, Clark is a familiar face to the Joliet area, attending Joliet Catholic Academy and graduating in 1992. He earned two degrees at Joliet Junior College, one in Criminal Justice and one in Law Enforcement. Clark started his career for the Will County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer in 1996 then moved on becoming a police officer for the Barrington Hills Police Department from 1997 to 1999. During his police academy training in Champaign, Illinois, Clark won the Marksmanship Award for his class and is also a member of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (N.I.P.A.S.) as a SWAT Officer. It wasn’t until 1999 that Clark was hired by the Crest Hill Police Department where he has since served in many different capacities from investigations to sergeant to Deputy Chief. Among his many duties, he has earned several awards including the Lyons Club Officer of the Year for 2000 and 2003 and Supervisor of the Year in 2007. Chief Clark takes this position as a Certified Eligible Chief of Police by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. During Monday night’s ceremony, retired Crest Hill Police Chief, Dwayne Wilkerson was in attendance. "You have made the right decision," Wilkerson said to the City Council. "You can trust he will always do the right thing." With all the pieces in place, the City of Crest Hill is building toward the future and has the leadership to make it happen.

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