Chief William Kushner Bill Kushner was appointed to the Chicago Police Department on January 3, 1977. Bill served as a patrol officer, tactical officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant. While assigned to the Training Academy, Bill was responsible for developing and delivering Officer Survival Training, Crimes in Progress Training, Haz Mat, and training for Command Post operations for major events.

goldarn Promoted to Lieutenant in 1998, Bill was assigned as a Tactical Operations lieutenant, and had served as Officer In Charge for several major events ranging from July 3rd Fireworks on the Lakefront to Taste of Chicago and the Bud Biliken and South Side Irish Parades; Bill was subsequently transferred to the Organized Crime Division where he commanded the Criminal Enterprise Investigations Group. This unit was responsible for Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering and Mortgage Fraud investigations, as well as being the “home unit” for CPD personnel assigned to federal task forces.

Bill was selected to become Chief of Police in Berwyn Illinois. Bill held that position from January, 2006 until March 2010. In November, 2010, he was Chief of Police for the Village of Lakemoor PD, and served with LPD from November 2010 through September 2012, at which time he was recruited to take over the Des Plaines Police Department from where he retired in 2020.

A graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command, Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St. Xavier College, and a Master of Science in Criminal and Social Justice from Lewis University.

Bill has served as a course evaluator for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, adjunct faculty for several universities, and has published articles in various law enforcement magazines. Bill was recently re-elected to a three year term as a Vice President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and was just selected as Co-chair for the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, representing Northeastern Illinois