Orland Park’s former No. 2 cop hired by School District 135
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org December 15, 2013 4:28PM
Updated: January 17, 2014 6:03AM
Jerry Hughes, Orland Park’s former deputy police chief, has been hired to oversee safety initiatives in Orland School District 135.
Hughes, 55, who left the department late last month after more than 32 years, was one of 25 applicants for the district job and among four finalists interviewed by administrators. His hiring was approved by the school board at its Dec. 9 meeting.
As director of risk management and safety, Hughes will act as the district’s liaison with law enforcement and oversee installation of a new visitor management system at the schools.
The Raptor system will, in essence, provide a background check on visitors by scanning their driver’s license or other government-issued identification and alerting office staff whether the visitor is in the national database for registered sex offenders, according to Tracy Marc, a District 135 spokeswoman.
She said a specific starting date for Hughes hasn’t been determined. His salary will be $86,000. Hughes’ salary as deputy chief was $118,273.
He was the police department’s first Drug Abuse Resistance in Education (DARE) officer and began working in District 135 schools in 1987. He’s also a former school board member and board president in Community District 146 in Tinley Park.
His wife is a fourth-grade teacher at District 135’s Liberty School.