Press Release: Elijah Willis Named Deputy Police Chief in Maywood

This release was issued by the Village of Maywood:

Elijah Willis Named Deputy Police Chief in Maywood

Decorated Commander promoted to Deputy Chief in Maywood, Illinois on January 21, 2014.  The City Manager, William P. Barlow III, approved a recommendation for Elijah Willis to be promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.  This recommendation came from the newly appointed police Chief Valdimir Talley, Jr.

Commander Elijah Willis joined the Maywood Police Department October 1, 2001 as a patrol officer whose attention to detail quickly earned him recognition.  He was allowed, from time to time to perform duties as a tactical officer.   He excelled making numerous arrests for weapons and contraband.

In 2006, Commander Willis was appointed to the Investigation section as a Detective where he continued to make quality arrests.   While in investigations, the Commander additionally served as a juvenile officer, as well as volunteering to assist Dr. Wylmarie N. Sykes with Operation Safe Child, a youth developmental partnership between the Village officials and the school administrators.

Willis was promoted to the rank of Commander Willis in 2009.  He received the civil service rank of sergeant in 2012.   After the retirement of Chief Timothy Curry in June 2013, Commander Willis was appointed to the position of Acting Chief of Police.

Commander Willis is a dutiful individual.  He has defended his country as a member of the United States Army Reserve for more than 29 years, achieving the rank of Sergeant Major where he still serves today.  During his military career, he served on two mobilization tours in support of Iraq and Afghanistan for the current Global War on Terrorism.  Commander Willis holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lewis University in Criminal Justice, and is a graduate of the prestigious Northwestern University‘s School of Police Staff and Command in Evanston, Illinois. As the new Deputy Chief, he pledges to sustain the forward progress of the Maywood Police Department.

“Elijah brings a wealth of experience to the rank of Deputy Chief.  He did an outstanding job as Acting Chief, serving in many roles outside of Chief to maintain operations of the Department.  Even with wearing many hats, Deputy Chief Willis was able to bring about a number of initiatives designed to increase the sense of public safety in the community”, said William Barlow.

Willis takes the place of Brian Black, who resigned as Deputy Chief in 2013. VFP

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