I know that many have seen Mayor Dietz’s post last week and I apologize for not putting something out sooner but it has been a crazy week.
As you may have heard, I will be retiring from the Wilmington Police Department at the end of December. This has not been an easy decision because I value the friendships and relationships that we have developed over the past seven years. I can’t begin to tell you how humbled I was at the Christmas parade Saturday night by the outpouring of comments and well-wishers I spoke with.
Wilmington is a great community that has shown such generous support for the men and women of the police department, and it is so greatly appreciated. I will always cherish my time here and will never forgot the kindness you have all shown to me.
I will still be working until the end of December and will remain involved after that while Mayor Dietz and the City Council choose your next Chief of Police. I’m sure that it will be a professional that will embrace the Wilmington community. Your police officers and staff at the police department are top notch, and will continue to serve and protect you well.
Phillip Arnold Chief of PoliceCongratulations to Phillip Arnold who has been hired as Shorewood’s new Police Chief! Chief Arnold has been in law enforcement for more than three decades, and currently serves as the Police Chief in Wilmington. We are looking forward to working with him in his new position when he begins as Shorewood's Chief in late December! ... See MoreSee Less
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family and the Wilmington Fire Protection District. Rest in peace.It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the death of Wilmington Firefighter Paramedic Scott Williams. Scott has served the Wilmington community with the Fire District for over 4 years starting in June of 2017. Scott was a full time Firefighter Paramedic with the Argonne Fire Department in Lemont where he served for the last 3 years and was a member of the Fire Investigation Team. Scott also previously served with the Minooka Fire Protection District. Scott served with the Illinois Army National Guard for 15 years and was deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Scott’s light shined brightly and he is loved by his WFPD family. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son and two grandsons. Please keep Scott’s Fire Service, Military and immediate family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Arrangements are pending and will be released when available. ... See MoreSee Less