Olympia Fields hires police chief
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org November 30, 2012 12:34PM
Updated: January 3, 2013 6:21AM
A “cop’s cop” with a “strong moral compass” will be the new police chief in Olympia Fields beginning Jan. 7, according to village manager David Mekarski.
The village board on Monday night voted to hire John Krull, the deputy police chief in west suburban Riverside, Mekarski said.
Krull, who has been with the Riverside Police Department since 1987, will be in Olympia Fields frequently before his start date, preparing for his new duties, Mekarski said.
Krull was one of 72 applicants for the job, Mekarski said. Three finalists were interviewed by the village board and Mayor Debbie Meyers-Martin.
“We’ve really got a topnotch candidate. I think the citizens will be very pleased, and the personnel in the police department will be pleased,” Mekarski said. “He not only is a cop’s cop, but he’s a professional public administrator. From what I can see, he’s a man who really has a strong moral compass. In public safety, you can’t ask for anything more.”
Krull has a master’s degree in business administration, and FBI training at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., Mekarski said.
Former Olympia Fields Police Chief Jeff Chudwin retired in July. Randy Kickert has been acting as chief since then.
Krull did not immediately return a phone message left at the Riverside police station.