SOUTH HOLLAND | After serving for 30 years in the village's Police Department, including the past 10 as its leader, South Holland Police Chief Warren Millsaps will retire at the end of the year, village officials said.
“Warren has served the village very well, gaining the highest respect for his outstanding leadership, ingenuity and integrity,” Village President Don De Graff said.
Millsaps started in the department as a patrol officer from 1983 to 1994, before eventually being promoted to patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief.
In 1988, Millsaps was deployed to the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Cook County, a narcotics unit where he held positions including special agent, group supervisor, deputy director and director.
Millsaps was appointed in June 2002 by Village President Don De Graff as police chief, an appointment that was unanimously supported by the board of trustees.
As chief, Millsaps improved the fiscal management of the department, officials said. He ensured the department maintained state-of-the-art vehicles, equipment and technology, and instituted innovative community outreach initiatives.
He's also presided during a time of consistently low crime rates, which Millsaps attributes, in part, to the department’s aggressive approach to crime prevention.
“Warren was the driving force in creating the necessary and important connection between our police and residents. I commend him for providing for our community the highest level of public safety," De Graff said. "He has been one of the most progressive police chiefs in the south suburban region.”
Millsaps has been a resident of South Holland for 22 years.
De Graff said he plans to appoint Deputy Chief Gregory Baker, a former police chief in Riverdale, as the new police chief once Millsaps officially retires Jan. 4.