New Schaumburg Police Chief James Lamkin was sworn into office this week, along with five veteran officers recently promoted to higher ranks.
Lamkin, who joins Schaumburg after serving the past 10 years as police chief in St. Charles, officially assumes his duties Dec. 30, replacing Interim Chief Ken Bouche.
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Bouche will return to his work with Hillard Heintze, a law enforcement consulting agency hired by the village earlier this year in the wake of three officers' arrests on drug conspiracy charges and the retirement of former chief Brian Howerton, who stepped down after an investigation cleared him of stalking and harassment accusations.
"Having been a member of this fine organization for the past nine months, I have had the pleasure of watching many outstanding individuals serve the Schaumburg community," Bouche said in a statement released by the department Wednesday. "The entire department will be in excellent hands under the leadership of Chief Lamkin."
Lamkin has more than 38 years of law enforcement experience, including time in the Kane County Sheriff's Department (1975-1979), the Hampshire Police Department (1979-1980) and the Elgin Police Department (1980-2003), where he served as deputy chief before heading to St. Charles. His various roles over the years have included patrol officer, detective, drug and gang unit sergeant, assistant chief for internal affairs, field training officer, crisis negotiator and lieutenant of detectives.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Northwestern University Senior Management Leadership Program, and the FBI National Academy.
Other recent promotions include:
• Michael Gerard was promoted to lieutenant from the rank of sergeant. Lt. Gerard joined the Schaumburg Police Department in 1993 and worked in patrol and criminal investigations prior to being promoted to sergeant in 2002. He served as a patrol sergeant for six years before becoming the emergency services coordinator and traffic sergeant. He is now assigned to the special operations division.
• Shawn Green was promoted to lieutenant from the rank of sergeant. Lt. Green joined the department in 1998 and served as a field training officer, evidence
technician, detective, patrol sergeant, and criminal investigations sergeant. He is now assigned as a patrol division watch commander.
• Michael DeGiulio was promoted to lieutenant from the rank of sergeant. Lt. DeGiulio joined the department in 1992 and has served as a member of the SWAT team,
honor guard, detective, patrol sergeant, traffic sergeant, and as an acting lieutenant of the Criminal Investigations Division. Lt. DeGiulio represents
the department as the operations commander for the regional Major Case Assistance Team and is now assigned as a patrol division watch commander.
• Christy Lindhurst was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Lindhurst began her career with the department in 2001. She has served in the patrol division as a field training officer, a member of the Domestic Violence Response Team, and a member of the Crisis Intervention Team. She is now assigned as a patrol division sergeant.
• Mark Tieri was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Tieri started with the department in 2001. He has served on the department's rifle team, honor guard and as a
field training officer.