Mayor: Mokena to tap Tinley Park police official as its new chief
By Susan DeMar Lafferty email@example.com February 7, 2014 7:00PM
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Updated: February 9, 2014 2:13AM
After a $15,000 search for a new police chief, Mokena found one right next door.
Tinley Park Police Deputy Chief Steven Vaccaro is expected to be appointed as the new chief at Monday’s village board meeting at the same time village officials will bid adieu to retiring Chief Randy Rajewski.
The search, conducted by Voorhees and Associates brought in 80 applicants for the position, which was recently narrowed down to two finalists, village officials said.
The new chief was selected by a committee that included Rajewski, village administrator John Downs, two elected officials, one member of the police and fire commission, and one citizen, Downs said.
Vaccaro has been with Tinley Park for 24 years, according to his LinkedIn account, and is president of the Police Chiefs Association of Will County, a post Rajewski held in 2012.
Rajewski leaves Mokena after 30 years with its police department.
Vaccaro will be appointed by Mayor Frank Fleischer with the consent of the board. From a field of more than 80 applicants, six finalists were chosen, the mayor said.
“We could not have found a better person. He knows our area,” Fleischer said. “Mokena is a lot like Tinley Park. He understands the growth that Mokena will be going through.”
Mokena has a residency requirement and Vaccaro is expected to move into town within one year.
“Everyone on the committee was very comfortable with Steve,” Fleischer said. “It was a unanimous decision.”