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Interim Police Chief Announced

The City is pleased to announce Mark Fleischhauer as Highland Park’s Interim Police Chief following the retirement of Chief Paul Shafer on August 2.

 Fleischhauer has served in law enforcement for more than forty years, most recently as Chief of Police for the Vernon Hills Police Department. He has also served as Deputy Chief for the Palatine Police Department, Team Leader for the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Chairman of Training of the Northwest Police Academy, Past President of the Executive Board of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association, Chairman of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, Member of the Lake County Emergency Communications Task Force, as well as other numerous accomplishments.

Throughout his career, Fleischhauer has remained committed to strengthening collaboration between community members and their law enforcement officials to overcome challenges and help build safe, healthy neighborhoods.

“Chief Fleischhauer has a wealth of experience and has a strong commitment to public safety,” said City Manager Ghida Neukirch.  “He was selected from several experienced individuals to lead and support the Department during the transition period and assist in the recruitment process.”

Chief Fleischhauer will serve as Interim Chief beginning on August 3, 2017 for an approximate five month period as the City undertakes a national search to fill the position.

“It is an honor to be called on by the City of Highland Park to lead the Highland Park Police Department as Interim Police Chief. I look forward to serving the community in this capacity,” said Fleischhauer.

Highland Park’s police force consists of 57 sworn officers and 12 non-sworn personnel. Fleischhauer will become Interim Chief upon Shafer’s retirement on August 2, as the City conducts a national search for a permanent police chief.

For more information, please call the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000.