Orland Park Police Chief Timothy McCarthy Announces Retirement

Orland Park Police Chief Timothy McCarthy Announces Retirement
Posted on 07/01/2020

Orland Park Police Chief Timothy McCarthy Announces Retirement

Chief McCarthy was appointed Village of Orland Park’s Chief of Police in 1994, after having served with great distinction as a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service


Orland Park, IL (July 1, 2020) – After 26 years of dedicated service to the Village of Orland Park as Chief  of Police, Chief Timothy McCarthy has announced to Village officials his intention to retire. Chief McCarthy will retire effective August 1, 2020, allowing ample time for a transition period within the Police Department prior to his departure.


During his 48-year career in law enforcement, Chief McCarthy has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the NCAA Award of Valor, which he received in 1982 in recognition of the bravery he exhibited in saving former President Ronald Reagan in an assassination attempt on March 30, 1981. The first annual Chief of Police of the Year Award from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police was received by McCarthy in 2016 in recognition of his leadership and service.


The Chief’s efforts have focused on transforming Orland Park’s Police Department into a 21st century model with an emphasis on transparency and robust community engagement efforts. Under the Chief’s leadership, the Police Department has engaged in a more collaborative approach to village-wide initiatives such as addressing mental illness through the implementation of the department’s nationally recognized Crisis Intervention Team focusing on response to mental health related incidents. In 2017, the Department was the first agency internationally to complete the International Association of Chiefs of Police's One Mind Campaign Pledge to enhance the interaction between law enforcement and those affected by mental illness.

Chief McCarthy’s efforts also include lobbying on law enforcement issues, school safety and security, automating the Orland Park Police Department, the implementation of a numerous community policing initiatives and the use of NARCAN to help save those overdosing on heroin.

McCarthy and the Orland Park Police Department are actively involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run and fundraising for Illinois Special Olympics. The Orland Park Police Department was the first municipal police agency to receive a certificate of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration for the use of a drone.


Additionally, Chief McCarthy supervised the construction of the first LEED gold certified police station in the nation, worked to establish and lead the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, and also served for a time as the Village of Orland Park’s Acting Village Manager.


“Chief McCarthy, a long-time Village resident, has faithfully and diligently served the Village as its Chief of Police,” said Mayor Keith Pekau. "He has provided steadfast and dependable leadership to the men and women of the Orland Park Police Department throughout this entire period. I have appreciated and benefitted from his wise counsel since I’ve joined the Village as Mayor and remain thankful to have served the community alongside the Chief who has always been a consummate professional,” said Pekau.


In May, 1994, Chief McCarthy was appointed as Chief of Police of the Orland Park Police Department. Prior to that, Chief McCarthy worked for the U.S. Secret Service. His career included eight years assigned to the Presidential Protective Division in Washington D.C. and 14 years as a criminal investigator in Chicago. On March 30, 1981, McCarthy distinguished himself while protecting President Ronald Reagan when he was shot in the line of duty during an assassination attempt. McCarthy recovered from serious injuries and returned to work. He was promoted to several


supervisory positions in the U.S. Secret Service prior to retiring in October 1993 as the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office.


Chief McCarthy graduated from Leo Catholic High School in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood of Chicago, has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice from Lewis University.


“While he will be sorely missed by everyone,” said Pekau, “I know he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife of 47 years, three children, and seven grandchildren while seeking new opportunities to continue to serve his community and his country.”


Upon Chief McCarthy’s retirement, Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mitchell will be appointed Interim Chief of Police.



Nabeha Zegar

Public Information Communication Manager nzegar@orlandpark.org