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Northbrook, IL – Northbrook Police Chief Charles J. Wernick announced today that he will be retiring from his position, effective Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Wernick has served in his current role as Police Chief since 2005.
Wernick has been in law enforcement since 1972, when he began his career as a patrol officer for the City of Evanston. During his time there, he served in a number of different roles and units and conducted work in the selective enforcement team (which focuses on major crimes) and as an investigator in the Juvenile Bureau. In 1986, he was promoted to sergeant and worked as an Internal Affairs supervisor and as a supervisor in the Detective Bureau. He would later become a lieutenant overseeing the Gang and Narcotics Unit and a commander in 1998, where he managed the Investigative Services Division and Administrative Services Bureau. He left Evanston in 2001 to become the Chief of Police for the City of Highwood prior to serving in his current role.
Over Wernick’s career, he has been a major contributor to local law enforcement efforts. In 1997, he was appointed as the first operations commander for the newly-formed North Regional Major Crimes Task Force, an intergovernmental body which assists its members with investigating major crimes such as homicide. He would later become the Task Force Commander in 1999. Wernick has also actively contributed to the education and professional development of police officers and taught homicide and death investigation courses over the last twenty years.
“Leaving is bittersweet,” Wernick said. “I will truly miss it, but I know everyone here will do well. The group here is simply outstanding, and one of my proudest achievements has been building this team.”
On Tuesday, July 25, the Village Board will consider a contract with a consultant to conduct a national search to select the Village’s next Police Chief. A formal process is expected to begin shortly after final approval.
“Chuck is an outstanding Police Chief. He is a true leader who never lost his desire to be on the street; he’s a cop’s cop. He instilled pride and integrity to the Department. The Village is grateful for his work, character, dedication and service to Northbrook. Chief Wernick will be greatly missed. We wish him and his wife Myrna well in their future endeavors,” said Rich Nahrstadt, Village Manager.