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New CLC chief of police sworn in

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jun 28, 2021

Brian Henry joined College of Lake County (CLC) as chief of police on June 23.

“Being hired as the Chief of Police at CLC is very special to me,” he said. “I enrolled at CLC 30 years ago and was really unsure as to what path I was going to take in life. The five semesters I spent at CLC provided me the direction I needed that put me on my current course."

Photo caption: Brian Henry being sworn in as chief of police

Photo of Brian Henry being sworn in as chief of policeCLC Vice President of Business Services and Finance Kenneth Gotsch said, “Brian’s well-documented background and experience in community policing and establishing peace circles, articulated knowledge of restorative justice and its alignment with the college’s values and demonstrated leadership training and experience were best suited for addressing the current and future needs of CLC.”

Henry comes to CLC after spending 20 years in law enforcement for the City of Evanston. Most recently, he served as the Commander of Adult and Juvenile Investigations, Commander of Special Operation and Public Information Officer, performing the duties of three different commanders at once.

Before those roles, he held a leadership position as Commander of the Problem Solving team and Community Strategies.

Henry is a graduate of CLC, having grown up in Waukegan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also earned a master's degree in jurisprudence in children’s law and policy from Loyola University in Chicago.

“I am very excited to be back at CLC and look forward to guiding the Police Department and working with faculty and students,” Henry said.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.