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Mundelein Police Department Congratulates Colleagues on Recent Promotions

Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther is pleased to announce the following promotions:

Richard Wilfenger, Sergeant-Mundelein Police Department
Mundelein Police Officer Richard Wilfenger recently was promoted to Sergeant. He began his career with the Village in 2003. Sergeant Wilfenger has held numerous positions at the Police Department, including: juvenile officer, gang officer, evidence technician, field training officer, bike officer, accident investigator, and nearly five years with the Investigations Division. He is a member of the Lake County Juvenile Officers Association, the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, and the Cook County Regional Crime Task Force. According to Chief Guenther, "Rick has accomplished a number of significant goals for the Department and it's a pleasure to see him as our next new sergeant."

Patrick Gara, Commander-Mundelein Police Department
Mundelein Police Officer Patrick Gara recently was promoted to Commander. He joined the Police Department in 1997 and served on patrol until 2003, when he was assigned to Lake County's drug unit. Here, Commander Gara served as an undercover agent and later became a group supervisor, overseeing agents in the unit. In May 2011, he was promoted to Sergeant, a rank he has held until now. During this time he served as an Administrative Sergeant and then as an Investigative Sergeant, overseeing the Investigations Division. According to Chief Guenther, "Pat has a plethora of experience and this knowledge will serve him well in his new position as Commander."

Photo:
Village Clerk Katy Timmerman swears in Sergeant Richard Wilfenger at a recent Village Board Meeting with his family by his side.

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