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Chief of Police Retires, New Chief Sworn In

Monday night's City Council meeting was, in large part, an opportunity to say goodbye to Dwayne Wilkerson who has served with the Crest Hill Police Department for 30 years. Wilkerson was appointed Chief of Police in 2009 and has served ever since, that is, until last night. He made his final appearance at a Crest Hill City Council meeting as Chief of Police and was honored in doing so. The City Council passed Resolution 984 which praises Wilkerson for numerous recognitions, commendations and awards earned during his 30 years of service to Crest Hill.

"I thank you very much for your service and for your friendship," Mayor Soliman exclaimed as he presented Dwayne with his retirement badge. "I am going to miss our daily talks."

Wilkerson, appearing humbled and grateful, had not much to say as he thanked the City Council and those he worked with during his tenure. "It's been an honor to serve this City," he said. Wilkerson was received by elected officials, staff and those in the audience with a standing ovation. 

Just as the retired Chief of Police sat down, the time came for Deputy Chief of Police Ed Clark to be sworn in as the new acting Chief of Police. Clark has served the City of Crest Hill since 1999 and has been one of the two Deputy Chief's. 

City Clerk Vicki Hackney recited the oath for Clark to repeat and Clark's wife Tina pinned the new badge onto his lapel. "I will put my best foot forward for this City," Clark added as he was welcomed with applause. 

Congratulations to both the Retired Chief of Police and the new Chief of Police. 

Dwayne Wilkerson receives his retirement badge from Mayor Ray Soliman

Ed Clark is sworn in as new Chief of Police by City Clerk Vicki Hackney

Crest Hill Represents For Take Back The Night

Sunday, October 17, was the annual Will County Take Back The Night event held at St. John Lutheran Church in Joliet. This particular event was special because it was the 20th Anniversary march for the program that helps bring attention to victims of domestic violence. Representing Crest Hill in the march were Alderwomen Claudia Gazal and Barb Sklare as well as City Clerk Vicki Hackney. 

Take Back The Night is an opportunity for survivors of domestic abuse and supporters of those survivors to join others of all races, cultures, backgrounds and experience to combine the strength of their voices to declare an end to violence. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please DO NOT be afraid to get help. For more information about Take Back The Night visit the website

Alderwoman Barb Sklare, Alderwoman Claudia Gazal, Pilar Gazal, Co-Chairperson Amirrah Youssef, and City Clerk Vicki Hackney


Habitat For Humanity Brings Family To Crest Hill

The rain would not drown out the celebration that brought the City of Crest Hill and Habitat for Humanity together for a great cause. Nearly 40 people came out on Saturday to welcome the Reyes family to a brand new home built by Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. 

The dedication and the gathering brought tears to the eyes of Francisco Reyes who, along with his wife Maria and son Benzi, stood happy and proud on the front steps of their new Nicholson Street home. 

Rainy and damp weather were not a factor as guests and neighbors gathered around to hear Habitat for Humanity Director of Family Services, Ron Novak, welcome and introduce the Reyes family. Several of the home builders were on hand to ring in the occasion including students from the Lockport Township High School Building and Trades classes, Joliet Junior College HVAC Program, and many more. Mayor Ray Soliman, City Clerk Vicki Hackney, and Alderman John Vershay as well as City Administrator Heather McGuire and Economic Development Manager Scott McMaster were also present for the celebration.

Although refreshments were made available, the Reyes family was so honored that they invited guests to a home cooked lunch that they provided.

Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Nicole Murray, stated that Crest Hill is a perfect community for this program. "I have driven up and down these streets looking for the next opportunity," says Murray. 

The City of Crest Hill hopes the partnership continues with Habitat for Humanity and welcomes the Reyes family as its newest residents. 

For more information about Will County Habitat for Humanity, please visit the website.

Mayor Ray Soliman, Francisco Reyes, Maria Reyes, Benzi Reyes, and City Clerk Vicki Hackney

Crest Hill Adds Two New Police Officers

The morning of Monday, September 19 was an encouraging day for the City of Crest Hill. Two new members of the Crest Hill Police Department were sworn in by City Clerk Vicki Hackney. Both Brandon Urquidi and Patrick Shea stood proud as they recited the oath before family and friends. Mayor Ray Soliman along with Police Chief Dwayne Wilkerson and Deputy Chief Ed Clark welcomed and wished both men a long, successful career with the City of Crest Hill.

Urquidi, a Joliet native and Joliet Junior College graduate, served briefly with the West Chicago Police Department before filling the vacancy with Crest Hill. His father, Fernando Urquidi, is a highly decorated Joliet Policeman. Officer Fernando Urquidi received the Martin S. Murrin award in 2015. This award is the highest honor in the Joliet Police Department given for outstanding bravery, heroism, selflessnes, personal courage and devotion to duty. 

Shea, of Frankfort, graduated from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Patrick is also the son of a policeman. Detective Patrick Shea is a nearly 30 year veteran of the Burbank Police Department. 

Urquidi and Shea should prove to be fine officers with the City of Crest Hill.


Patrick Shea, Mayor Ray Soliman, and Brandon Urquidi                                         Patrick Shea, City Clerk Vicki Hackney, and Brandon Urquidi