Administration - Press Releases - 2009
Gurnee Police Honor Employees of the Year
GURNEE, IL - May 4, 2009 -
The Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2008 will be honored at the
May 4 village board meeting, beginning at 7:30 PM at the Gurnee Village Hall, 325 N. O’Plaine Road.
Each year, two committees made up of rank and file members of the police department, meet to review award
nominations that are submitted by fellow employees and supervisors. The committees then select the recipient of
The recipient of the 2008 Police Officer of the Year award is Officer Michael Young. Officer Young has been
employed as a Gurnee Police Officer since March 1995. Officer Young serves as a field training officer and has
served as an evidence technician with the Lake County Major Crime Task Force for several years. In 2008 he was
named the Lead Evidence Technician for the task force. He has gained a lot of knowledge and expertise in the
field of crime scene investigation because of his work with the task force. He has shared that knowledge with his
fellow evidence technicians and helped to develop an in-service training program for evidence technicians that
has been recognized as one of the finest in Lake County and other agencies are trying to emulate.
Communications Operator Joseph Zak has been selected as the 2008 Civilian Employee of the Year. Joe has been
employed with the Gurnee Police Department since January 2004. Joe was recognized for his excellent work ethic
and sincere interest in his position in the 911 center. He arrives at least 20 minutes before the start of his
shift each day so that he can attend the patrol officer briefing. Joe likes the interaction with the officers and
it allows him to stay better informed on activity throughout the community. Joe also contributes information at
the briefings, furnishing facts that may not have been known. CO Zak is always willing to assist others in any
way he can. He often has paperwork and information for the patrol officers before they ask for it. Joe is noted
to be an extremely competent and dependable employee.
Officer Young and CO Zak will be presented with plaques by Mayor Kristina
Kovarik and Police Chief Robert Jones to commemorate the award at Monday night’s Village Board