Village Hires New 911 Communications Director
Since switching from the all union village employee model for the 911 Emergency Communications Center, Oak lawn officials have run through a few directors of the department. Village Manager Larry Deetjen hopes he has found a new one that will last and hopefully improve the service. She hasn’t been a director but she has worked in the industry as a supervisor.
One of Oak Lawn’s Finest Retires—-From Marines
Oak Lawn Police Officer Dan Miller recently retired from the United States Marine Corp Reserves. Miller served three tours in Iraq as a Marine Sergeant-Major. He lost 19 men under his command during the Battle of Fallujah, which is widely cited as the most intense combat fought by the U.S. Marines since the Vietnam War. He was given a hero’s send off by the Marines in a ceremony that cannot be rivaled according to an eyewitness.
Miller is a 17 year veteran police officer with the village. In the photo to the right, Sgt Major Miller gets ready to relinquish his NCO sword to his commanding officer.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 13th, from 9:30am-1:00pm, to gather your family for some friendly competition at Centennial Park (9401 S. Oak Park Avenue).Teams consisting of at least one adult and child (ages 5 & up) will compete in a series of exciting challenges (physical and mental) and race to the finish to win some great prizes! Dress in a theme to be entered to win the costume contest. Pre-registration is required by Sunday, June 7th. The registration fee for the first two team members is $20 and $5 for each additional team member. Race fee includes a t-shirt and picnic lunch.
Registration is available online at www.olparks.com or at any park district facility.
It’s Not WWE But You Are Needed
The OLCHS Athletic Department is searching for a community youth wrestling coordinator. The coordinator would be responsible for developing and maintaining a youth wrestling program. The coordinator would also be responsible for registration, tournaments, and scheduling. Successful candidates must have wrestling experience and prior coaching experience is preferred. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age. This individual would work primarily with the head wrestling coach and athletic director. Interested candidates please contact athletic director, Kevin McKeown, at email@example.com or 708-741-5623.
Mayor Sandra Bury has told Village insiders that the Illinois Supreme Court decision, in favor of State of Illinois retirees and employees, was “depressing”. The decision, which was unexpected by legal scholars, upheld the Illinois Constitution’s pension clause, which does not allow governmental units to walk away from their obligation to fund pensions. The decision had nothing to do with Oak Lawn employees but the Mayor apparently doesn’t want State employees or teachers to get their pensions either. Maybe those individuals on the board that support Bury should “volunteer” to give up their pensions. At least two board members either have huge pensions or are in line to receive huge pensions. Village Manager Larry Deetjen is also in line for a nice pension.
Is Privatization Of Ambulance Service Next?
Multiple sources tell us that Superior Ambulance (a sister company to Norcomm Communications) is scouting locations in Oak Lawn to set up operations. Norcomm is the company that was given a no bid contract to run the 911 Emergency Dispatch services for Oak Lawn. Village Manager Larry Deetjen has been “feuding” with the firefighters’ union for seven years, other towns have privatized ambulance service, Superior is tight with the administration.
The old saying “Where there’s smoke there’s fire” may really be appropriate in this case. Can the village do it without violating the contract?