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After having spent 35 years of public service in Evanston, Frank Kaminski is going home. The retired Evanston police chief and current director of safety at Evanston Township High School will become chief of police in his home town of Park Ridge beginning July 6.

 

“It’s another opportunity, another challenge,” Mr. Kaminski told the RoundTable. He said he feels he is leaving the high school in good hands and in good shape. Terrance Doby, assistant safety director, will take over as director.

Mr. Kaminski said he felt during his tenure as safety director the staff “really came together as a team. We were able to do a lot more training and to connect better with students.”

 

As director of safety, Mr. Kaminski brought his philosophy of community policing to the high school, emphasizing the role of civic leaders and regular citizens in ensuring public safety. “We had the ‘positive presence’ – community and church leaders visiting the school during regular hours or at the end of the day to discourage inappropriate behavior – and community policing. … We’ve made ETHS a safer place.”

 

Though he will now be working in his home town of Park Ridge, Mr. Kaminski says he will keep some of his ties to Evanston. “I’ll still do some mentoring here and Ill try to help out with the public safety classes,” he said. The Kiwanis club has scheduled a farewell luncheon for Mr. Kaminski on June 23, and his last day at ETHS will be June 30.