Lake Forest Police Chief Announces Retirement

Buerger's last day will be Sept. 7.


After serving the Lake Forest Police Department for more than 25 years, Police Chief Joseph Buerger has announced his retirement effective Sept. 7.

Buerger joined the police force in 1986 as a patrol officer and investigator, a position he held until 1994. During the next 10 years, he served as a Sergeant and Commander and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in 2006.

As Deputy Chief he worked in the Support Services Division comprised of 16 civilian personnel assigned to communications and community services ,and six sworn personnel assigned to investigations

Buerger has been recognized for his philosophy of “community policing” and increasing the Police Department’s efforts in crime prevention, public education, youth and Senior Citizen services.

“My goal has always been to maintain Lake Forest as one of the safest communities in Illinois and promote positive interactions between the Police Department and all members of the community we serve," Buerger said. "At this point in my life, however, I am looking forward to making a change and perhaps pursuing other interests. I am confident that the Mayor and City Council will be successful in identifying candidates that will share this same philosophy.”  

Mayor James J. Cowhey said, “Lake Forest has been fortunate to have Chief Buerger serve the City for so many years. He has maintained a wonderful presence in the community and has represented the City with enthusiasm and professionalism. I know the staff and residents will miss him, but we all wish him well on his new pursuits, whatever they may be.”

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