Congratulations to Three of VHPD's Finest

Wednesday, September 19 was a big day for the Vernon Hills Police Department as we welcomed our newest police officer and celebrated the promotions of two others.

First, we'd like to welcome Officer William Ershen to the Department. Having grown up in Palatine and having attended Palatine High School, Officer Ershen is no stranger to the area. In 2010 he graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations. On September 30 he begins his 14-week academy training at the Macon County (IL) Law Enforcement Training Center.  Welcome to the VHPD Officer Ershen!

Also, please join us in congratulating Shannon Holubetz and Mike Katzenstein on their promotions to Commander and Sergeant, respectively.

Commander Holubetz has been with the Vernon Hills Police Department since 2005 and had been a Sergeant since 2015. Sergeant Katzenstein is a 22-year veteran of the VHPD.  Currently, Commander Holubetz and Sgt. Katzenstein are working side-by-side as supervisors on one of the day shift teams.  

Congratulations to all three of these outstanding individuals on your new roles with the Vernon Hills Police Department!!


Officer William Ershen takes the oath from Village Manager/Clerk Mark Fleischhauer.

Ershen taking oath

Officer William Ershen

Officer Ershen

With Deputy Chief Pat Zimmerman watching, Officer Ershen calls out 10-41 (beginning tour of duty), symbolic of the start of his career with the VHPD.

Ershen calling 10-41

Commander Shannon Holubetz is congratulated by Village Manager/Clerk Mark Fleischhauer.

Commander Holubetz

Mike Katzenstein becomes a Sergeant.

Sgt. Katzenstein

From the left, Officer William Ershen, Sgt. Mike Katzenstein, Commander Shannon Holubetz, Chief Patrick Kreis

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