SOUTH HOLLAND | Since joining the police department back in 1986, Richard S. Good has worked his way up through the ranks.
Starting out as a patrol officer/paramedic, he also has served as a juvenile officer who worked on a regular basis with Thornwood High School students.
Later, he helped create the village police department’s special operations unit as he worked his way up in rank to the title of lieutenant detective – which he held until Monday.
On that day, the Village Board voted 5-0 to promote Good to deputy chief. Officials later celebrated the promotion with an after-Village Board meeting party of cake and coffee.
“We’re going to celebrate this big-time,” village President Donald DeGraff said.
For his part, Good was soft-spoken.
“I truly appreciate the opportunity South Holland has afforded me,” he said. “I will not let (the village) down.”
DeGraff said the police department interviewed many career law enforcement officials with varied backgrounds for the deputy chief post, but decided the officer they already had on the village payroll was better suited to the post than anyone from outside the department.
“There were many applications from highly qualified persons from all over,” DeGraff said, while adding of Good, “he has served in so many different areas of law enforcement.
“It became very clear there was only one clear choice,” DeGraff said.
He also praised the period from 1996-2000 when Good served as a juvenile officer at the high school, saying, “a lot of former students remember you, and appreciate the value you added to their educational experiences with your work.”
Good has served as a liaison to law enforcement agencies such as the South Suburban Emergency Response Team, the Major Crimes Task Force, the Cook County Gang Task Force and the county’s asset forfeiture division, along with the Illinois Department of Corrections, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Cook County Sixth District circuit courthouse in Markham.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a recipient of the Award of Valor.
Police Chief Gregory Baker – who has been South Holland police chief since January – cited Good’s longevity with the department as a plus.*
Although he couldn’t help but engage in some good-natured ribbing of Good by alluding to his time in the early 1990s as a DARE officer working with young people.
“You have been around so long, I think you were my DARE officer,” Baker told Good.
* Editor's note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version.