Welcome Chief Patrick L. Kreis!

We're happy to introduce the new Chief of the Vernon Hills Police Department - Patrick L. Kreis. Chief Kreis was sworn in on Tuesday, June 6 at the meeting of the Vernon Hills Village Board.

Chief Kreis came to us from the Winnetka Police Department where he had served since 1991 and the Chief since 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Sciences and a Masters of Business Administration. Chief Kreis is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and also of the FBI National Academy. Prior to joining Winnetka PD, he served as Staff Sergeant in the 12th Special Forces Group of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Welcome to Vernon Hills Chief Kreis! Congratulations!  We are excited to have you lead the Vernon Hills Police Department and we wish you a wonderful career here.

Click here to watch the video of the ceremony at the Village Board meeting.

With his family watching, Chief Kreis takes the oath of office

Taking the oath

Chief Kreis and Village President Roger Byrne

Chief with Village President
Chief Kreis

Retiring Chief Mark Fleischhauer congratulates the new Chief

Congratulations from Chief Fleischhauer

Chief Fleischhauer and Chief Kreis pose with members of the VHPD

VHPD group