Swearing in of new Crete Police Officer Richard Elza on Monday night, by Village Clerk Deborah S. Bachert. Officer Elza is a lateral hire from Steger Police Department, with 15 years of policing experience.
For Sale to Highest Bidder:
Orange 1995 Chevrolet K3500 4×4 Dump Truck
Turquoise 1996 Chevrolet C1500 Pickup
Contact Mike Smith for questions, or to submit a bid:
Bids must be submitted before noon on March 12. The Village reserves the right to reject any or all bids for any reason.
Crete Fire Department has gained three new engineers this past year.
Engineer/Paramedic Bolda and Platt were promoted in April of last year, and Engineer/EMT Joyce received his promotion in late January of 2021.
Engineers are responsible for driving and placement of firefighting apparatus, finding hydrants and ensuring sufficient water supply.
“The engineers are the heart of the operation. It’s the most important job” Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman said.
Bolda, Platt and Joyce bring the total of Crete FD engineers to seven.
(From left to right: Platt, Joyce, Bolda and Chief Waterman.)
Donald Krenner was sworn in as a Crete police officer this afternoon at Village Hall. Officer Krenner brings 12-years of experience from the Oak Brook Police Department where he worked as a detective.
“Lateral officers already have academy training, bring lots of experience and can get back on the road quickly,” Crete Police Chief Scott Pieritz said.
Officer Krenner is scheduled to start tomorrow, working with field training supervisor Sgt. Walz.
Welcome to Crete, Officer Krenner!
Crete Police Department will welcome its first intern this Friday.
23-year-old Joshua Hafner of Arizona is currently a student at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais and, starting February 19, will be spending Fridays and Saturdays with the Crete PD.
“Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) contacted us and asked if we would be interested in doing an internship program,” says Crete Chief of Police Scott Pieritz. “ONU has a great, progressive criminal justice program rooted in a moral foundation. It’s something I always wanted our department to be involved in, so we were happy to help out.”
According to Chief Pieritz, Mr. Hafner will rotate around the department, participate in ‘ride-alongs’, work with detectives, and visit the Laraway Communications Center dispatch in Joliet.
“We feel it is a good opportunity to help future law enforcement recruits get an understanding of police work and everything involved with serving the community,” Chief Pieritz adds.
Mr. Hafner will be an intern with the Crete Police Department Fridays and Saturdays, 8am-4pm, until the end of this semester (April), and Chief Pieritz is open to have more interns join the department in the future.
“I had a great internship experience with the Kankakee Police Department many years ago. It left a big impression on me and cemented my dedication to a profession in law enforcement. I would like our department to offer students that same opportunity to observe police work, and to pass on our experiences, knowledge, and perspectives to the next generation of peace officers.”
The Village of Crete and Crete Fire Department is asking residents for their assistance in keeping the area around fire hydrants clear of snow. In the event of a fire, quick access to fire hydrants is critical to a favorable outcome. Below are examples of correctly cleared hydrants.
Republic Services informs us that no garbage will be collected tomorrow, Tuesday, due to weather conditions.
It should resume Wednesday, with all scheduled pickups pushed back one day this week – i.e. if Wednesday is your usual trash day, it will instead be Thursday.
For more information, and to reach Republic Services, please visit their website:
Please note that the 2” snow fall parking ban is in effect, to ensure safe and effective Village and County snow removal.
It is unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street in the Village at any time within 12-hours of a snowfall of 2 inches or more, and tickets may be issued to violators.
Furthermore, Mayor Einhorn asks that residents assist the fire department in keeping hydrants snow free and accessible:
“If you live in a house where a fire hydrant is located please make an effort to expose the hydrant so it is visible to fire crews should the need arise. Finding it in the middle of the night can be difficult with no snow on the ground and now it is really hard in certain locations. Your help will be greatly appreciated.”
From Crete Police Chief Pieritz:
The 2021 holiday schedule for Republic Services can be found below.
During these holidays, waste collection may be delayed by several days. For more information, visit https://www.republicservices.com/schedule or call 815-472-3332.