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Testing for the General Public

March 27, 2020 From Village of Crete, Mayor Einhorn:


The Will County Health Department is making the following suggestions to the general public:

Members of the general public who feel that they are experiencing symptoms of COVOD-19 should consult their primary healthcare provider. 

If the healthcare provider feels that the patient qualifies for a COVID-19 test, the provider can order the test and direct the patient to a test location.

Generally speaking, patients should not report to a hospital without speaking to their healthcare provider.    

If you are having a medical emergency and trouble breathing, please go to the nearest ER or call 911.

If you decide to go to the ER, please call ahead and let them know you are experiencing symptoms.

The Will County Health Department Coronavirus Response Hotline is 815-740-8977.

Illinois Coronavirus Hotline is 800-889-3931.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The first of two COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered tomorrow at the Steger Community Center.

To schedule an appointment call 708-754-3395 before 5 PM today. If after 5 PM, call 708-475-5215. Appointments are first-come, first-served, or until 7:30 PM tonight for all Illinois residents over 16 years of age. Signed consent form required by Village of Steger. Call for details.

The second vaccination dose will be administered April 21st.

The COVID-19 Vaccine

What is the COVID-19 Vaccine? Should I get it? Where can I get it?

Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn, Crete Trustee Katrina Seifert, along with Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly, Dr. Gary H. Gibbons and Dr. Angel Leake talk about their experience with the vaccine.

To sign up for the vaccine, register at the Will County Health Department website:

What is the COVID-19 Vaccine? Should I get it? Where can I get it? Michael Einhorn, President Village of Crete, Crete…

Posted by Village of Crete on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

New Crete Police Officer

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.

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.

Posted by Village of Crete on Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Vehicles for Sale

For Sale to Highest Bidder:

Orange 1995 Chevrolet K3500 4×4 Dump Truck
Mileage: 127,000

Turquoise 1996 Chevrolet C1500 Pickup
Mileage: 142,000

Contact Mike Smith for questions, or to submit a bid:
(708) 672-5431

Bids must be submitted before noon on March 12. The Village reserves the right to reject any or all bids for any reason.

3 New CFD Engineers

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.)

New Crete Police Officer

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!

New Intern at Crete PD

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.”

Adopt a Hydrant

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.