New Mundelein police chief aims to improve efficiency
Updated: February 4, 2013 6:54PM
MUNDELEIN — Nearly 75 supporters gathered to watch Mundelein Deputy Police Chief Eric Guenther become the new top cop this winter at village hall.
He succeeds former Chief Ray Rose, who was recognized for his 20 years in the role.
After his wife Melanie pined the new badge on his uniform, Guenther turned to the crowd of friends, family and colleagues and thanked them for their advice and support throughout the years.
Guenther joined the Mundelein Police Department in 1995, became a sergeant in 2001, was promoted to commander in 2003 and later named deputy chief in 2009.
He took over officially at the start of this month and said technology and efficiency will be big topics moving forward. Guenther previously said he plans to make the department more efficient as-is, then review what new technology can make operations even more efficient.
This will all be done with the blessing of his predecessor, Rose.
“I think the mayor and village board have made the right decision,” Rose said last month.
Before he became chief, Guenther was instrumental in helping create a pilot program that enhances law enforcement’s response to victims.
“We were more focused on getting the bad guy than helping the victims of those crimes,” Guenther said last month. “We wanted to serve those victims’ needs and keep them informed.”
Officers started carrying handouts to give victims upon first contact. The pamphlets include contact information for every possible resource available to local residents.
The program also improved follow-up procedures, allowing victims opportunities to ask for more help while also giving officers a chance to learn of any new developments.
The program is still active, and has been studied by a number of police agencies, including the International Association for Police Chiefs.