By Kelly White
Two Palos Hills Police Officers hard work paid off by promotions granted earlier this month by Mayor Jerry Bennett and Chief Paul Madigan.
Sergeant Traci Hlado was appointed to the position of lieutenant and Patrolman Michael Collins was appointed to sergeant of the Palos Hills Police Department.
Former lieutenant Sam Nelson has submitted his letter of resignation, retiring from the Palos Hills Police Department. This created a vacancy created in the lieutenant’s position and once a new lieutenant was appointed, the department would then have a vacancy in the sergeant’s position. After some deliberation, Bennett and the Palos Hills Police Department narrowed down to whom they feel are the two most fit for the job.
Hlado was administered the Oath of Office by Bennett and was appointed into the office of Lieutenant for the Palos Hills Police Department.
“You have been around a long time with the city of Palos Hills and moved up in rank, especially through the Detective Division, which we are certainly going to miss you in that part of it,” Bennett told Hlado. “But, I know your leadership on the street is going to go a long way with our police officers.”
Lieutenant Hlado thanked Bennett and the City of Palos Hills before Collins was called forward and administered the oath, appointing him to the office of Sergeant for the Palos Hills Police Department.
“Mike has been with us a long time and I know he looked forward, as all patrolmen do, in taking tests and wanting to get the opportunity for leadership and moving up in the ranks,” Bennett said. “Over the last four or five years, we have had openings that have become available and we have referred them to our officers to have the opportunity to be promoted. Mike did very well on his exam and he was next on the list for a promotion with our police department.”
Collins also thanked Bennett and the City of Palos Hills, admitting his hard work and determination with the Palos Hills Police Department has paid off through the good fortune of his promotion.