Over the past 13 years, Joseph Glunz has attended 104 Grayslake Police Commission meetings.
Serving on a police commission is a voluntary role, said Mayor Rhett Taylor. Illinois state law requires communities to have police commissions so the hiring of police officers is kept separate from politics.
"Our town has a really good police department, and I think it's because of people like Mr. Glunz," said Taylor.
Taylor and the village board recognized Glunz Tuesday night for his service. Taylor presented Glunz with a plaque.
"Time flies," said Glunz, who started serving on the police commission in October 2000. Glunz said when former mayor Pat Carey asked him to join the commission, he told her that "we'd hire fine young men and fine young ladies" to serve.
Taylor said 88 percent of the police department's current sergeants, along with 63 percent of the officers, were hired during the past 13 years while Glunz has served on the commission.