CALUMET CITY | A 27-year veteran of the Calumet City Police Department was honored for his service while officials continue to search for the people who will fill the ranks of local law enforcement.
The City Council on Thursday gave its approval both to a resolution praising Timothy Murphy, who joined the Police Department in 1986 and rose to the rank of lieutenant at the time of his retirement on Feb. 28.
Aldermen also approved a measure that asks the city’s Board of Police and Fire Commissioners to promote a sergeant to replace Murphy within the Police Department.
Also, a patrol officer will be promoted to replace the sergeant, and a new person will be hired in coming weeks to replace that patrol officer.
Police Chief Edward L. Gilmore said Thursday the new officer will be picked from the list of prospective officers who took a written examination three years ago. That list will expire in April.
That is why the city is looking to compile a new list of people who will be tested later this year.
Gilmore said the new list will apply to future hires within the Police Department. He could not say how many applicants have expressed interest in the job thus far.
But for now, officials were more concerned with the departure of Murphy, whose resolution says he “diligently and conscientiously pursued his duties in the best interest of the city.”
First Ward Alderman Eric Schneider, who also works with the Calumet Memorial Park District, said of Murphy, “he was always there for the park district.”
For his part, Murphy said he has enjoyed the job and the stress has been more intense on his wife, Tracy, than on himself. He said of the department he is leaving, “you have a wonderful police department here.”
Then, there was Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush, who in handing a copy of the resolution to Murphy, told him, “You educated me on things I didn’t really want to know about.”