Congratulations and Good-Bye Officer Jon Paret

On Tuesday, March 19, after 28 years with the Vernon Hills Police Department (and before that, 4 years with the Lindenhurst PD), we officially said good-bye to Officer Jon Paret.

During his great run with the VHPD Jon served as the Department’s first K9 Officer, with his partners Ritchie and Marco.  Jon also functioned as a Field Training Officer, Officer-In-Charge, Bike Unit member and most recently as the School Resource Officer for Hawthorn School District #73.  Jon received 3 Department Lifesaving medals and 8 enforcement awards from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists.

Jon now begins a new chapter in his life as a member of the College of Lake County Police Department. Their gain. Our loss.

Congratulations Jon on a wonderful career with the VHPD! Your service to the community was exemplary. We wish you nothing but the best.

Paret ID

All we can say is..... wow.

Young Paret

Jon (left) assisting at the annual spring Cops on Rooftop fundraiser at Dunkin' Donuts to benefit Illinois Special Olympics.

Cops on Rooftop

"I need more Munchkins! I'm hungry!"

Cops on Rooftop

"This is hard work!"

Paret on bike
Paret at Squad

After saying a few words about him, Deputy Chief Pat Zimmerman poses with Jon.

JP and DC Zimmerman

K9 Officer Paret and his first partner, Ritchie.

Paret with dog

Village Manager Mark Fleischhauer reads the Village President's Proclamation.

Proclamation Reading

Chief Patrick Kreis presents Jon with his retirement plaque.

Plaque Presentation

Calling out "10-42" (end of duty), a symbollic way to end his career with VHPD.