Mayor Rhett Taylor has informed the Village Board of his intention to recommend current Interim Chief of Police Matthew McCutcheon as the new Chief of Police for the Grayslake Police Department.
“I am pleased to recommend Matthew McCutcheon to the Village Board based upon his years and depth of experience in policing, his 20 years of dedication to the safety and security of our Village, his familiarity with Grayslake’s innovative financial policies, and his extensive involvement with the community,” Taylor said in a press release.
Taylor's recommendation will be considered by the Village Board at the Feb. 7 meeting.
McCutcheon was appointed to Interim Chief of Police in June of 2011 after former Chief of Police Larry Herzog retired. McCutcheon began his career as a police officer in 1989 and joined the Grayslake Police Department in 1991 as a patrolman. During his tenure with the Village, McCutcheon has served as a Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant and in 1998 was promoted to Operations Commander, according to the village.
As Operations Commander, McCutcheon participated in the accreditationof the police department and was involved in the transfer of the Village’s dispatching services to the Village of Glenview. Most recently, McCutcheon facilitated the integration of the Village of Hainesville into the Grayslake Police Department’s service area.
The Village of Grayslake conducted a nationwide search for Chief of Police candidates and received over 120 applicants for the position.