After 35 years of service, Police Chief William Miller is retiring Feb. 1. He will be replaced by the village’s current Deputy Police Chief, Mike Pulec, who has been on the force for 20 years.
Miller was honored at the village’s Jan. 22 board meeting.
“I can’t say too much good things about this man,” Mayor Paul Braun said. “(His) steady leadership, his calm demeanor has made police work go really easy, and we know it’s not …”
Miller said he decided the time was right to step down a couple months ago. Among the many prospects of retirement, he’s looking forward to the impending birth of his first grandchild.
Chief Miller thanked the mayor, trustees, village staff and department heads for all their help and cooperation over the years. He also gave a special thanks to the police department.
“I’d just like to thank the members of the police department,” Miller said. “The men and women, the sworn and non-sworn people that work for the police department that, every day go out there and do the job properly and do it well …”
Mayor Braun says he thinks the village is making a good decision to replace Miller with Pulec.
“Mike (Pulec) is a very fine individual who’s not only committed to the department, but also to our community,” Braun said. “We’re extremely excited to be able promote someone with (his) talent from within the department.”
Pulec says he's ready for the new responsibility.
"I'm excited to keep taking this department in the direction it is," Pulec said. "(Chief Miller) has been a great chief. He's taught me, mentored me and left me in good hands."