The rumor during the primary campaign for sheriff was the Keith Nygren would win another term, but not serve it.
His replacement would be Under Sheriff Gene Lowery.
After the primary, the rumors started circulating that Lowery would be named Deputy Chief of the Crystal Lake Police Department.
And, that’s what happened.
At tonight’s city council meeting, Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley followed up on the press release below by saying,
“After a very (extensive) search to replace retired Deputy Police Chief Dennis Harris, we’re happy to announce that Gene Lowery from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department has been selected as Deputy Chief.
“I know Mr. Lowery personally and, frankly, I couldn’t be any happier. I can’t wait for him to start.”
Chief Dave Linder has maximized his pension benefits, but told me he has no plans to retire.
Below is the city’s press release:
New Deputy Police Chief Appointed
Crystal Lake – The Crystal Lake Police Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Eugene E. Lowery to the position of Deputy Police Chief. Mr. Lowery will fill the position left vacant by Deputy Chief Dennis Harris, who retired on January 29th after 27 years with the Crystal Lake Police Department.
Having served as the Undersheriff of McHenry County since 2003, Mr. Lowery joins the department with a wealth of knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of the public safety needs of the McHenry County and Crystal Lake area.
With a strong educational background that includes a Masters degree in Law Enforcement Administration and extensive experience as a law enforcement executive, Deputy Chief Lowery will join the Department on March 29th, 2010.
Chief David R. Linder is pleased to welcome Deputy Chief Lowery to Crystal Lake and he looks forward to the many contributions that he will make to our organization.