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High-ranking Chicago police officer to take over Glencoe Public Safety

After working for the Chicago Police Department for 27 years, Sean Loughran is coming to Glencoe.

Loughran, the city’s deputy chief in the office of the first deputy superintendent for the CPD, will take the role of the Village of Glencoe’s next Public Safety Director on Oct. 5, Glencoe Village Manager Phil Kiraly announced on Aug. 23 in a village press release

The recruitment process — conducted by GovHR, with the help of community partners, elected officials, Public Safety Department staff and members of the Village’s senior leadership team — reportedly assessed more than 60 candidates from 15 states.

“Throughout the extensive interview process, Sean highlighted an acute awareness of the issues that are important to Glencoe – safety, inclusion, excellence in service delivery – and underscored that he is the right person to take on the critical leadership role,” Kiraly said in the release. “I know he will quickly acclimate to Glencoe and will get to work serving the needs of our residents, our business community and the cultural and faith communities that call Glencoe home.”

Loughran will replace Public Safety Director Cary Lewandowski, who retired on Sept. 1 after 10 years with the Village of Glencoe and 37 in law enforcement. Public Safety Deputy Chief Andrew Perley will serve as Interim Public Safety Director until Loughran begins.

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In his current role for the CPD, Loughran is responsible for the command of “all large-scale, crisis incidents and events requiring a media response,” according to the press release.

Prior to that role, he served with CPD across a number of beats, including as a commander in the bureau of counterterrorism and within districts on the North and South sides.

Loughran will oversee all operations within the Glencoe Public Safety Department, which includes the police department, fire department and emergency medical services. He will report to Kiraly.

“I am truly humbled to be selected to serve as the public safety director for the Village of Glencoe,” Loughran said in the statement. “The selection process was comprehensive, and I was impressed that so many members of the community — from Village leaders to key community stakeholders — were a part of it. It gave me keen insights into why the Public Safety Department is so well-regarded in and around Glencoe.

“I look forward to leading in a way that continues and builds upon that tradition. I see where the bar is set, and I’m honored to be part of the Village team.”

Loughran will be sworn in at the Village Board meeting on Oct. 19. The Village plans to host opportunities for residents to meet him in the coming months, according to the press release.

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Rosie Newmark

Rosie Newmark is a 2023 Record intern and an incoming senior studying journalism and history at Northwestern University. Rosie has written for multiple campus publications in addition to the Hyde Park Herald and American Libraries Magazine.

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