Niles, Ill. (June 17) – Interim Chief of Police Dennis McEnerney is to be named Chief of Police by Mayor Andrew Przybylo. McEnerney, who served as Interim Chief since November 14, 2014, replaces retired Chief of Police Dean Strzelecki.
“After discussions with the Village Manager,” said Mayor Przybylo, “I have retired the Chief of Police Recruitment Task Force that I created and made a decision to name a leader with a proven record of performance over his 37-year career and especially over the past seven months as Interim Chief.”
Dennis McEnerney, who joined the Department in 1978, has worked his way up through the ranks and served in numerous assignments including Patrol, Investigations, and Internal Affairs. McEnerney served as the Deputy Chief for the Department's Investigations Division and served as NORTAF Major Crimes Task Force Commander; a position he was chosen for by thirteen local Police Chiefs in 2002.
Village Manager Steven Vinezeano strongly supports the Mayor’s decision to promote from within. "Dennis McEnerney will serve the Police Department and community with a proven loyalty and high level of professionalism,” said Vinezeano. “McEnerney will have a seamless transition to the position of Chief of Police and is highly respected by the Village leadership team.”