LYNWOOD | Russell Pearson has left retirement to return as chief of police in Lynwood.
"I thought I could do some good," Pearson said. "It feels great to be back. It really does."
He retired in 2011 after 34 years in police work, 18 of which were in management positions. Pearson was deputy chief for 14 years and worked more than four years as chief in Lynwood.
"Its seems like I walked out the door and walked back in," he said. "Two and a half years (of retirement) isn't a long time, but it isn't a short time, either."
Pearson's hiring will be official after the next board meeting, Village President Gene Williams said. Former Chief Michael Mears resigned on June 1.
Pearson was receiving a pension in retirement. He said he's contacted the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association and its attorneys. No decision has yet been made on whether or not that will continue, he said.
"If (my pension) has to be frozen, so be it," Pearson said.
Williams also said the village learned the grade separation project at the railroad tracks on U.S. 30 near Lansing ditch and the Indiana border will begin soon. A bridge will be built over those tracks.
The project, which has been in discussion since 2008, is expected to begin in July and finish in June 2015, Williams said. Public Works Director Bob Myers said he will attend a meeting about the construction on July 1.
Williams said there will be a public groundbreaking ceremony when the exact start date is determined. Gov. Pat Quinn might attend, Williams said.
"It will be a good chance to boost all the other things that we have going on in Lynwood," Williams said.