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Article posted: 12/17/2012 4:20 PM

Longtime Buffalo Grove police chief to retire

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After 36 years with the village, Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steven S. Balinski says he's decided the time is right to retire.

After he steps down on April 2, 2013, Balinski will leave a career that includes work on a host of regional law-enforcement issues, which includes drug enforcement and educational programs, international and national traffic safety and education programs, Lake County underage drinking and prevention programs, crime prevention program, national programs for missing and exploited children and disability awareness through Special Olympics Illinois.

"As the chief of police, I have been both honored and privileged to serve this great community," said Balinski.

Balinski came to Buffalo Grove after graduating from Western Illinois University with a bachelor of science degree in law enforcement administration, and completed his master's degree in public administration at Northern Illinois University. He also graduated from Police Staff and Command School and the Executive Leadership Program at Northwestern University.

Chief Balinski is the past president of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association, the Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory, and currently serves on the Executive Board for Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Lake County Major Task Force, Lake County Crash Assistance Team, Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and serves on the Northwest Central Dispatch Communication Center Executive Committee.

Chief Balinski is also the past president of the Buffalo Grove Rotary Club, served as group leader for Special Olympics Illinois over the past 20 years, and is an adjunct professor for North East Multi-Regional Training.

"He has made a significant positive mark on the Village of Buffalo Grove," said Village Manager Dane Bragg. "Steve's professional and personal efforts and his service to the community are second to none."

Bragg said the village will conduct a nationwide recruitment for Balinski's replacement.

Village President Jeffrey S. Braiman said, "Bo has been a dedicated chief who has served the Village of Buffalo Grove with a commitment to excellence. He has directed his department to treat all citizens with dignity and respect while carrying on their duties in a professional and courteous manner. He will be missed, and we wish him the very best."

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