The top cop in the Village of Northfield has temporarily stepped away from his position for what Village officials are calling a medical leave of absence.
Citing HIPPA regulations, Northfield Village Manager Stacy Sigman declined to provide specifics regarding the medical condition of Chief Bill Lustig.
“I’m not sure when Bill (Lustig) will be back,” she said in an email to The Record.
Lustig went on FMLA leave on Dec. 17, said Northfield Deputy Chief Gerald McCulloh, who confirmed he is “acting chief” in Lustig’s absence.
Lustig has been Northfield’s police chief since 2000, McCulloh said.
He started with the Northfield Police force in 1981, when he was appointed to start the Officer Friendly program, which develops relationships between the police and Northfield’s youth, according to a speaker biography from the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club. He became a police officer the following year in 1982.
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