FLOSSMOOR, ILLINOIS – Oct. 9, 2019 – At Monday’s Village Board meeting, Tod Kamleiter officially assumed the position of Flossmoor Police Chief, filling a five-month vacancy left by retired Police Chief Mike Pulec. Kamleiter was chosen from a competitive pool of candidates following a recruitment process by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
In Flossmoor, the position of Police Chief is a mayoral appointment with a confirming vote by the Board of Trustees. The position reports on a day-to-day basis to the Village Manager. The Village Board of Trustees unanimously selected Kamleiter, who joined the Flossmoor Police Department in 1996 as a patrol officer.
“Chief Kamleiter has proven himself an important asset to the Village of Flossmoor and left myself and the Village trustees with little question that he would be the right fit as the next Chief of Police,” said Mayor Paul Braun.
Prior to serving as acting police chief, Kamleiter worked under Pulec as Deputy Chief for six years. Additionally, Kamleiter held the positions of detective and patrol sergeant with the Flossmoor Police Department. Kamleiter is an Air Force veteran serving a combined nine years on active duty and active reserved. Prior to the Village of Flossmoor, he worked for the Indiana Department of Corrections for six years.
Kamleiter holds a bachelor’s degree in Police Administration from Calumet College of St. Joseph and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Governors State University. He is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and has received other training from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.
“My entire career has been geared toward the goal of one day leading the police department,” said Kamleiter. “I have been very fortunate to have been mentored by some outstanding leaders in the department and the Village administration during this time. These relationships and professional connections will be a true asset to my new role as the Chief of Police. The Village of Flossmoor and its residents are very important to me and I’m humbled that the Mayor and Board of Trustees have chosen me to carry out their vision for the Police Department’s service to the community.”
Village Manager Bridget Wachtel commented, “Chief Kamleiter has championed many of the department’s community policing programs, contributing to positive community relations. His tenure managing the police liaison program at Homewood-Flossmoor High School while he was a sergeant has resulted in a trusted partnership between the police and schools. Tod understands the challenges of policing today and will lead our department with our values and an attitude of guardianship over our community.”
Chief Kamleiter’s replacement as Deputy Chief will be named in the near future.