Recent promotions in the Buffalo Grove Police Department are having a trickle-down effect within the ranks.
Several promoted police officers were sworn in Monday night at the village board meeting: New lieutenants Scott Eisenmenger, Anthony Gallagher and Tom Nugent; and three new sergeants: Paul Jamil, Dean Schulz and Tara Anderson.
Albert Viehman, chairman of the board of fire and police commissioners did the oaths of office.
The rank of lieutenant is new for the force, said Chief Steven Casstevens. The department has eliminated the rank of corporal and replacing them with lieutenants, who are between sergeants and commanders on the hierarchy.
He said a new job description has been developed, as well as a new promotional testing process.
Eisenmenger, a police officer since 1995, has served in the patrol division as a traffic officer, as a school resource officer and in investigations. He has been a sergeant for seven years, serving in patrol and in training operations. He was the department's Employee of the Year in 2013.
He was also selected by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police as one of the "Rising Shields of Law Enforcement" for his leadership.
Gallagher, an officer since 1979, has directed the patrol unit, been a special operations officer and an investigations officer. For 10 years, he has been a sergeant in investigations and patrol.
Gallagher has been a member of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System since 1987. This, Viehman said, is essentially the area's SWAT team.
"Tony has been 24/7, 365 days a year since 1987," Viehman added.
Gallagher was the police officer of the year in 1990.
Nugent, a member of the department since 1989, has served in the patrol unit and been employed as a criminal investigator and a technical service specialist in the traffic unit. He was promoted to sergeant in 2001, serving in patrol and investigations. He has been recognized by both Lake and Cook counties.
Jamil has been a Buffalo Grove officer since 1997, working in investigations, patrol and, more recently, as a crime prevention officer. He has received several honors, among them for his work in DUI enforcement.
Schulz, hired in 1986, has been a K-9 handler, a criminal investigator, field training officer and an evidence technician. He won the Cook County Sheriff's Award of Merit and was Officer of the Year in 1996.
Anderson joined the department in 2001 after serving first as a desk officer with the department. She has worked as a juvenile investigator and most recently has been the staff services sergeant. She has been recognized by the Lake County Juvenile Officers Association and the Illinois Department of Transportation.